[Title 28 CFR 0.29h]
[Code of Federal Regulations (annual edition) - July 1, 2009 Edition]
[Subpart E 4 - Office of the Inspector General]
[Sec. 0.29h - Specific authorities of the Inspector General.]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]

28JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION12009-07-012009-07-01falseSpecific authorities of the Inspector General.0.29hSec. 0.29hJUDICIAL ADMINISTRATIONDEPARTMENT OF JUSTICEORGANIZATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICEOffice of the Inspector General
Sec. 0.29h  Specific authorities of the Inspector General.

    The Inspector General is authorized to:
    (a) Conduct investigations and issue reports relating to criminal 
wrongdoing and administrative misconduct of Department employees and 
administration of the programs and operations of the Department as are, 
in the judgment of the Inspector General, necessary or desirable;

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    (b) Receive and investigate complaints or information from an 
employee of the Department concerning the possible existence of an 
activity constituting a violation of law, rules, or regulations, or 
mismanagement, gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a 
substantial and specific danger to the public health and safety;
    (c) Have direct and prompt access to the Attorney General when 
necessary for any purpose pertaining to the performance of the functions 
and responsibilities of the OIG;
    (d) Have access to all records, reports, audits, reviews, documents, 
papers, recommendations, or other material available to the Department 
and its components that relate to programs and operations with respect 
to which the OIG has responsibilities unless the Attorney General 
notifies the Inspector General, in writing, that such access shall not 
be available because it is necessary to prevent the disclosure of
    (1) Sensitive information concerning ongoing civil or criminal 
investigations or proceedings;
    (2) Undercover operations;
    (3) The identity of confidential sources, including protected 
    (4) Intelligence or counterintelligence matters; or
    (5) Other matters the disclosure of which would constitute a serious 
threat to national security or significantly impair the national 
interests of the United States;
    (e) Request such information or assistance as may be necessary for 
carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the OIG from any office, 
board, division, or component of the Department, and any Federal, State, 
or local governmental agency or unit thereof;
    (f) Issue subpoenas to individuals, and entities, other than Federal 
government agencies, for the production of information, records, data, 
and other documentary evidence necessary to carry out the functions of 
the OIG;
    (g) Obtain information from Federal government agencies by means 
other than subpoena and advise the head of such agency whenever 
information is unreasonably refused or not provided;
    (h) Select, appoint, and employ such officers and employees as may 
be necessary for carrying out the functions, powers, and duties of the 
    (i) Employ on a temporary basis such experts and consultants as may 
be necessary to carry out the duties of the OIG;
    (j) Enter into contracts and other arrangements for audits, studies, 
analyses, and other services with public agencies and with private 
persons, and to make such payments as may be necessary to carry out the 
duties of the OIG;
    (k) Take from any person an oath, affirmation, or affidavit whenever 
necessary in the performance of the functions of the OIG.

[Order No. 2167-98, 63 FR 36847, July 8, 1998, as amended by Order No. 
2492-2001, 66 FR 37903, July 20, 2001]