Justice Department Inspector General Reviews Polygraph Policy

Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy reports in the Project’s Secrecy News e-mail publication:

JUSTICE DEPT INSPECTOR GENERAL REVIEWS POLYGRAPH POLICY

The Department of Justice Inspector General is undertaking a review of the use of polygraph testing throughout the Department.

“Polygraph examinations are used in criminal investigations and counterintelligence operations, as a pre-condition of employment or access to classified information, in background investigations, and in administrative misconduct investigations,” the IG noted in a new report to Congress.

“The review focuses on the legal authorities and statutory and regulatory requirements governing the use of polygraph examinations, Department policy and oversight of polygraph examinations, and Department compliance with federal and professional standards for managing polygraph examinations.”

See “Top Management Challenges in the Department of Justice 2004,” transmitted November 22, which addresses a host of issues facing the Department, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation:

http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/doj/oig/2004challenges.html

FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds has launched a petition drive calling for the declassification of a classified Inspector General report on her allegations of misconduct and incompetence in the FBI translation unit. See:

http://www.petitiononline.com/deniz18/petition.html

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