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Law Enforcement: DOJ Can Improve Publication of Use of Force Data and Oversight of Excessive Force Allegations

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Office of the Attorney General The Attorney General should assign responsibility for collecting and annually publishing data on the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers and communicate this responsibility to the designated DOJ components. (Recommendation 1)
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DOJ concurred with this recommendation. In June 2022, DOJ reported that it was assessing what data it currently collects on the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers that is responsive to the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 and identifying the resources needed to annually publish these data. We will continue to monitor DOJ's efforts to implement this recommendation.

Office of the Attorney General The Attorney General should complete an analysis to understand the extent of potential overlap among its data collection efforts related to law enforcement's use of force, its positive or negative effects, validate these findings using relevant information and identify options for managing such overlap. (Recommendation 5)
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DOJ concurred with this recommendation. In June 2022, DOJ reported that it is working to complete a cross-comparison review of reported deaths that occurred in fiscal year 2020 from the BJA's Death in Custody Reporting Act program data collection, the BJS's Federal Law Enforcement Agency Deaths in Custody Reporting program, and the FBI's National Use-of-Force Data Collection program. We will continue to monitor DOJ's efforts to implement this recommendation.

Office of the Attorney General The Attorney General should ensure that components responsible for investigating and prosecuting civil rights abuses, including excessive force, collect and analyze key demographic information about victims in matters or cases that components initiate. (Recommendation 11)
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In its agency comment letter, DOJ initially concurred with this recommendation pending coordination with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), as necessary. In June 2022, DOJ reported to us that it believed coordinating with OMB and collecting these data would be overly burdensome and stated that it did not plan to implement this recommendation. As we reported, by collecting and analyzing key demographic information about individuals who are victims in color of law or police misconduct matters and cases, DOJ could better ensure that it is serving all racial and ethnic groups,-including

Campaign Finance: Federal Framework, Agency Roles and Responsibilities, and Perspectives

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Office of the Attorney General The Attorney General, in consultation with the FEC, should review guidance addressing coordination with the FEC, to include the MOU, and once a quorum of commissioners is in place, update that guidance as appropriate based on the review. (Recommendation 2)
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According to the Department of Justice (DOJ), as of June 2022, the Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division of DOJ in March 2022 met with two Commissioners of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to discuss a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) addressing coordination between the FEC and DOJ. DOJ reported that staff at the Election Crimes Branch of the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division and the FEC Office of General Counsel intend to continue working toward a draft of the new MOU, We will consider closing this recommendation when the agency has completed its review

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