Review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Adjudication Process for Misconduct Investigations [open pdf - 2MB]
From the Introduction: "The Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) mission is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States. To accomplish this, the FBI expects its roughly 36,500 employees to exemplify its core values of integrity, accountability, and leadership. The FBI has defined the actions that violate its standards of conduct, identified the range of discipline that it may impose when an employee commits misconduct, and developed a disciplinary process to address misconduct matters. The disciplinary process consists of five phases: (1) reporting misconduct allegations, (2) investigating misconduct allegations, (3) adjudicating misconduct investigations, (4) appealing misconduct adjudications, and (5) implementing discipline. [...] In this follow-up review, we focus on the third phase of the disciplinary process, the adjudication of employee misconduct investigations. The FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility (FBI OPR) is responsible for adjudicating misconduct investigations and imposing discipline on most FBI employees, with the primary exception being some senior executives. The OIG [Office of Inspector General] conducted this review to assess how efficiently and effectively FBI OPR manages misconduct adjudications and the extent to which those adjudications follow FBI policy."
Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General, Report No. 21-127
U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General: https://oig.justice.gov/