"The U.S. government maintains a consolidated terrorist watchlist as a key component of its counterterrorism efforts. This list, maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Terrorist Screening Center, was created by merging previously separate watchlists maintained by different agencies throughout the federal government. The consolidated terrorist watchlist is updated daily with new or revised information on known or suspected terrorists. This information is obtained by a variety of government agencies, including law enforcement agencies in the Department of Justice (DOJ).As part of a coordinated review by other Offices of Inspector General (OIG) in the Intelligence Community, this DOJ OIG audit examined the DOJ's nomination of known or suspected terrorists to the consolidated terrorist watchlist. The objectives of this audit were to determine whether: (1) DOJ's processes and standards for nominating individuals to the consolidated watchlist are consistent, are articulated in policy or other guidance, and are understood by nominators; (2) DOJ components have quality control processes to help ensure nominations are accurate, understandable, updated with new information, and include all individuals who should be placed on the watchlist based on information available to the agencies; (3) the responsibility for watchlist nominations is clear, effective, and understood; (4) nominators receive adequate training, guidance, or information on the nominations process; (5) DOJ components maintain records of their nominations, including the source of the nomination and what information was provided; and (6) DOJ organizations with terrorism, counterterrorism, and domestic counterterrorism information in their possession, custody, or control appropriately participate in the nominations process."
Audit Report 08-16
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