Aug. 29, 2014 —
We evaluated the Department’s compliance with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), established by Title I of the “Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006” (Public Law 109-248). We also evaluated whether the Department effectively accounts for registered sex offenders with access to DoD facilities.
- is compliant with SORNA registration requirements
- needs policy requiring Military Departments and Defense Agencies to account for registered sex offenders;
- needs policy to account for registered sex offenders deploying to, or returning from, foreign countries.
- lacks accountability of sex offenders accessing DoD facilities;
- can better support efforts by Federal counterparts and other agencies to account for DoD convicted sex offenders; and
- should improve processes to promote more efficient compliance.
- Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD [P&R]):
- conduct a study to determine the benefits of legislation to designate DoD as a SORNA jurisdiction;
- develop policy to:
Secretaries of the Military Departments require the Services’ Judge Advocate Generals implement quality control measures to ensure DD Forms 2707-1 are completed properly.
USD (P&R) and the Secretaries of the Military Departments share sexual offender confinement data and consider a plan for the Services’ correctional programs to use a common corrections management information system.
Overall USD (P&R) and the Secretaries of the Military Departments management comments were responsive and agreed with our recommendations. Where the Secretaries did not comment on pertinent recommendations, we requested their comments. As a result of management comments, we made adjustments to the body of the report.
This report is a result of Project No. 2012C012.