Terrorism remains the top challenge for the Justice Department as its leaders prepare to hand off the huge agency in the first presidential transition since 9/11, reports the Associated Press. Counterterrorism concerns led the list of ten top priorities facing the department in the coming year. The list is compiled annually by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine, who has rated counterterrorism the most serious challenge since 2001.
He said other “challenges” on his list are related to counterterrorism. They include information sharing among intelligence agencies; technology security; and civil rights and liberties. Other issues listed by Fine include properly managing its finances and grant awards, violent crime, cybercrime and prison policies. He said restoring confidence in the Justice Department remains a concern. Confidence ebbed after months of accusations that top Justice officials had improperly allowed politics to seep into decisions about prosecuting cases and hiring career attorneys.