U.S. Department of Justice
Office of the Inspector General
Washington, D.C. 20530
Preface to the Revised Report
This revised report supersedes the original version of the Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) report, “Audit of Department of JusticeConference Planning and Food and Beverage Costs,” Audit Report 11-43,published in September 2011. The original report, which examined eventplanning and food and beverage costs at 10 Department of Justice (theDepartment) conferences between October 2007 and September 2009,contained a discussion of costs for food and beverages purchased for anExecutive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) conference at the CapitalHilton in Washington, D.C., in August 2009. Among other things, thereport concluded that the EOIR had spent $4,200 for 250 muffins, or $16per muffin, a finding that brought significant negative publicity to theDepartment and the Capital Hilton.After publication of the report, we received additional documentsand information concerning the food and beverage costs at the EOIRconference. After further review of the newly provided documentation andinformation, and after discussions with the Capital Hilton and theDepartment, we determined that our initial conclusions concerning theitemized costs of refreshments at the EOIR conference were incorrect andthat the Department did not pay $16 per muffin. We have thereforerevised the report based on these additional documents and deletedreferences to any incorrect costs. We regret the error in our originalreport.Finally, we hope that our correction of the record for this 1conference among the 10 conferences we reviewed does not detract fromthe more significant conclusion in our report: government conferenceexpenditures must be managed carefully, and the Department can domore to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and accounted forproperly.