United States Code

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§ 413.
Special provisions concerning the Department of Justice
(a)
In General.—
(1)
Authority of attorney general over certain audits and investigations.—
Notwithstanding the 2d sentence and last sentence of section 403(a) of this title, the Inspector General shall be under the authority, direction, and control of the Attorney General with respect to audits or investigations, or the issuance of subpoenas, which require access to sensitive information concerning—
(A)
ongoing civil or criminal investigations or proceedings;
(B)
undercover operations;
(C)
the identity of confidential sources, including protected witnesses;
(D)
intelligence or counterintelligence matters; or
(E)
other matters the disclosure of which would constitute a serious threat to national security.
(2)
Authority of attorney general to prohibit carrying out or completing certain audits and investigations.—
(3)
Notification and statement of reasons for exercise of power.—
If the Attorney General exercises any power under paragraph (1) or (2), the Attorney General shall notify the Inspector General in writing, stating the reasons for such exercise. Within 30 days after receipt of any such notice, the Inspector General shall transmit a copy of such notice to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate and the Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives, and to other appropriate committees or subcommittees of the Congress.
(b)
Carrying Out Duties and Responsibilities.—
In carrying out the duties and responsibilities specified in this chapter, the Inspector General of the Department of Justice—
(1)
may initiate, conduct and supervise such audits and investigations in the Department of Justice as the Inspector General considers appropriate;
(2)
except as specified in subsection (a) and paragraph (3), may investigate allegations of criminal wrongdoing or administrative misconduct by an employee of the Department of Justice, or may, in the discretion of the Inspector General, refer such allegations to the Office of Professional Responsibility or the internal affairs office of the appropriate component of the Department of Justice;
(3)
shall refer to the Counsel, Office of Professional Responsibility of the Department of Justice, allegations of misconduct involving Department attorneys, investigators, or law enforcement personnel, where the allegations relate to the exercise of the authority of an attorney to investigate, litigate, or provide legal advice, except that no such referral shall be made if the attorney is employed in the Office of Professional Responsibility;
(4)
may investigate allegations of criminal wrongdoing or administrative misconduct by a person who is the head of any agency or component of the Department of Justice; and
(5)
shall forward the results of any investigation conducted under paragraph (4), along with any appropriate recommendation for disciplinary action, to the Attorney General.
(c)
Reports.—
Any report required to be transmitted by the Attorney General to the appropriate committees or subcommittees of the Congress under section 405(e) of this title shall also be transmitted, within the 7-day period specified under that section, to the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Oversight and Reform of the House of Representatives.
(d)
Regulation To Ensure Reporting of Certain Allegations to Inspector General.—
The Attorney General shall ensure by regulation that any component of the Department of Justice receiving a nonfrivolous allegation of criminal wrongdoing or administrative misconduct by an employee of the Department of Justice, except with respect to allegations described in subsection (b)(3), shall report that information to the Inspector General.
(Pub. L. 117–286, § 3(b), Dec. 27, 2022, 136 Stat. 4233.)
cite as: 5 USC 413