OJP programs, services, and investments are substantial and broad in scope. Its programs and projects constitute an investment portfolio of billions of dollars. Although most programs are individually managed by one of OJP's bureaus or program offices, collectively they represent a major strategic policy framework that is molded and shaped by the President, Congress, the Attorney General, and the Assistant Attorney General for OJP. The strategic planning process adds value by ensuring alignment among the Department's strategic direction, OJP's policy priorities, and OJP's bureaus and offices.
The OJP Strategic Plan, for FY 2016 through FY 2018, describes the underlying issues and situations facing the United States' criminal and juvenile justice systems at the state, local, and tribal levels and how OJP is responding to them. It emphasizes the importance of partnerships between OJP and state, local, and tribal governments. Most important, the plan communicates the challenges that OJP faces in prioritizing increasing demands for resources and how it will address these challenges. The OJP Strategic Plan provides a framework to focus funding in order to optimize the return on investment of taxpayer dollars.