Monday, July 4, 2022
Every good organization should have a strategic plan, so it is wonderful to see DOJ taking this step (see here). The plan not only provides priorities, but also provides a Mission with Values (see here). One certainly can't fault these four key values - "Independence and Impartiality, Honesty and Integrity, Respect, and Excellence." Most important is the first one - independence and impartiality - something that was compromised during the last administration.
The key goals of the strategic plan are equally admirable - "Uphold the Rule of Law, Keep our Country Safe, Protect Civil Rights, Ensure Economic Opportunity and Fairness for All, and Administer Just Court and Correctional Systems." The statements are fortified with strategies to ensure success. For example for "Uphold[ing] the Rule of Law" there are five strategies (see here) -
Strategy 1: Reaffirm and Strengthen Policies Foundational to the Rule of Law
Strategy 2: Protect the Justice Department from Improper Influence
Strategy 3: Protect Public Servants from Violence and Threats of Violence
Strategy 4: Protect the Public Fisc from Fraud on Government Programs
Strategy 5: Combat Foreign Interference in Democratic Processes
Strategy 6: Ensure Effective Oversight and Public Accountability
It may seem obvious that the Justice Department needs to be clear of improper influence, but in watching the January 6th hearings it is clear that this needs to be reaffirmed.