July 12, 2007
Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress
Reporting Period: October 1, 2006-March 31, 2007
"The OIG issued two reviews required by the USA Patriot Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 (Patriot Reauthorization Act) that examined the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) use of national security letters (NSL) and Section 215 orders to obtain business records. Our report on Section 215 orders did not find improper uses of that authority. However, our report on NSLs found significant problems in the FBI’s use of these letters, including inaccurate reporting to Congress on the number of letters issued by the FBI as well as a significant number of misuses of these letters. We are continuing to review the FBI’s use of NSLs and Section 215 orders and are monitoring the FBI’s corrective measures to address the problems that our review of NSLs identified."
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