Department of Justice

Federal Audit Reveals DOJ Office Overstated Number of Terrorism Convictions

Not very good at keeping records in order

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Shoddy recordkeeping led to significant overstating of terrorism convictions and other inaccuracies by a Justice Department branch that coordinates U.S. attorneys' offices across the country, according to a federal audit.

The audit by the department's inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, found that theExecutive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) overstated the number of terrorism-related defendants who had been found guilty in fiscal 2009 by 13 percent and then overstated the same statistic in fiscal 2010 by 26 percent.