October 2, 2022

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Priority Open Recommendations: Department of Justice

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What GAO Found

In June 2021, GAO identified 12 priority recommendations for the Department of Justice (DOJ). Since then, DOJ has implemented four of those recommendations. Its efforts included more proactively identifying problematic drug transactions and successfully developing and improving its efforts to assess its use of industry-reported drug data. DOJ also established a cybersecurity risk management strategy and defined and documented its approach to coordination between its cybersecurity and enterprise risk management functions, improving its identification of acceptable risk levels and response strategies, and better ensuring that cyber risks are incorporated into department-level risk mitigation activities.

In June 2022, GAO identified two additional priority recommendations for DOJ, bringing the total number to 10. The 10 recommendations fall into the following areas:

  • Efforts to combat illicit opioid abuse.
  • Federal prison system.
  • FBI whistleblower retaliation complaints.
  • Immigration courts.
  • Cybersecurity.
  • Improper payments.

DOJ’s continued attention to these issues could lead to significant improvements in government operations.

Why GAO Did This Study

Priority open recommendations are the GAO recommendations that warrant priority attention from heads of key departments or agencies because their implementation could save large amounts of money; improve congressional and/or executive branch decision-making on major issues; eliminate mismanagement, fraud, and abuse; or ensure that programs comply with laws and funds are legally spent, among other benefits. Since 2015, GAO has sent letters to selected agencies to highlight the importance of implementing such recommendations.

For more information, contact Charles M. Johnson, Jr. at (202) 512-8777 or johnsoncm@gao.gov.

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