FLETC implemented robust protocols to respond to and mitigate COVID-19 at its Glynco training facility. Before reopening in June 2020, FLETC developed a formal plan to resume in-person training. Through this plan, along with other policies and procedures, FLETC established protocols in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and medical expertise. DHS students and component officials we spoke with confirmed that these protocols were in place and told us that, overall, they were effective. However, they also raised concerns related to students socializing inappropriately, and not following some requirements such as mask-wearing. In instances such as these, FLETC was largely reliant on students’ home agencies to take action to reinforce compliance among their students with safety protocols, or to take disciplinary action, if necessary. As a result of its measures, FLETC’s rate of positive COVID-19 tests was lower than that of its surrounding county. We also found, however, that FLETC did not always follow its own protocols for housing assignments related to COVID-19. For example, some students who were not positive for COVID-19 or were not quarantined for exposure to COVID-19 were still housed in the isolation dormitory. Some of the students we spoke with who were incorrectly assigned to the isolation dormitory told us that they did not feel safe. We made one recommendation to the FLETC Director to improve COVID-19 student-housing protocols. FLETC concurred with the recommendation.
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- Executive SummaryReport NumberOIG-21-73Issue DateDocument FileDHS AgencyFiscal Year2021
- Executive Summary
On January 25, 2017, the President issued two Executive Orders directing the Department of Homeland Security to hire an additional 15,000 law enforcement officers. We conducted this audit to determine whether the Department and its components — specifically FLETC, USBP, and ICE — have the training strategies and capabilities in place to train 15,000 new agents and officers. Prior to the start of the hiring surge, FLETC’s capacity is already overextended. FLETC is not only responsible for accommodating the anticipated Department hiring surge, but also for an expected increase in demand from other Partner Organizations. Despite observing ongoing work in the development of hiring surge training plans and strategies, challenges exist due to uncertain funding commitments and current training conditions. Absent remedial action, these challenges may impede consistency and lead to a degradation in training and standards. As a result, trainees will be less prepared for their assigned field environment, potentially impeding mission achievability and increasing safety risk to themselves, other law enforcement officers, and anyone within their enforcement authority.Report NumberOIG-19-07Issue DateDocument FileKeywordsFiscal Year2019
Special Report - Certain Findings Relating to the OIG's Investigation of Allegations Involving FLETC Senior OfficialsExecutive Summary
Between January 2016 and April 2017, DHS OIG received dozens of allegations regarding a variety of issues at the FLETC facility in Glynco, Georgia. Following extensive investigation, DHS OIG determined that many of the allegations could not be substantiated. However, with respect to certain other allegations, DHS OIG’s findings indicate that some of FLETC’s senior managers, including former Director Connie Patrick, failed to exercise the judgment, stewardship, and leadership expected of DHS senior officials. This report focuses on two specific allegations that exemplify the broader issues uncovered by DHS OIG’s investigation. Many of the allegations DHS OIG received regarding FLETC related to the official travel of the former FLETC Director, Connie Patrick. Patrick served as the Director of FLETC from 2002 until her retirement in June 2017. During this time, she frequently traveled domestically and internationally on FLETC-related business. DHS OIG conducted an extensive review of Patrick’s travel for the period January 15, 2014 through June 23, 2016 to identify any instances of impropriety. In addition to multiple complaints about Patrick’s alleged noncompliance with federal, DHS, and FLETC travel rules and regulations, DHS OIG received complaints alleging that Patrick pressured FLETC managers to hire her husband, John Patrick (JP), for a term position within the FLETC Law Enforcement Leadership Institute (LELI). DHS OIG’s investigation determined that JP was hired to a term position with LELI on January 3, 2010 and completed the term on September 11, 2011 — all during Patrick’s tenure as Director of FLETCReport NumberOIG-18-65Issue DateDocument FileDHS AgencyFiscal Year2018
- Executive Summary
During our August 2017 site visit to the FLETC Artesia Training Center, we identified a potential safety issue at a warehouse, Building 13. The Border Patrol Academy had been using the warehouse to train new hires on search and conveyance. In 2009, a vehicle from an adjacent driving course struck the warehouse. FLETC officials could not provide documentation to support that an engineering evaluation was conducted to determine whether the accident affected the integrity of the warehouse structure. Border Patrol Academy officials also expressed safety concerns about using the warehouse to train new hires.Report NumberOIG-18-31Issue DateDocument FileDHS AgencyFiscal Year2018
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers' Management Letter for DHS' Fiscal Year 2016 Financial Statements AuditExecutive Summary
KPMG LLP, under contract with DHS OIG, audited Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers’ financial statements and internal control over financial reporting. The resulting management letter discusses three observations related to internal control for management’s consideration. The auditors identified internal control deficiencies across multiple processes including financial system reconciliation; review and approval of intra-governmental payment and collection expenses; and improper allocation of gross costs on the Statement of Net Cost and footnote. These deficiencies are not considered significant and were not required to be reported in our Independent Auditors' Report, dated November 13, 2016, included in the DHS FY 2016 Agency Financial Report.Report NumberOIG-17-68Issue DateDocument FileDHS AgencyFiscal Year2017