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Office of the Inspector General

Drug Enforcement Administration

Ongoing Work

Review of the Department of Justice’s Oversight of Asset Seizure Activities

The OIG initiated a review to examine the Department of Justice’s oversight of asset seizure activities, focusing on assessing the scope of federal seizure activities and the success rate of those actions, as well as the nature and extent of Department-organized or funded asset seizure training initiatives. Our review will cover the policies, practices, documentation, and outcomes of these activities and training programs.

Audit of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Memoranda of Understanding with the Department of Defense Supporting Aviation Operations in Afghanistan

The Office of the Inspector General is initiating an audit of the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) compliance with Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) between it and the Department of Defense (DoD) supporting aviation operations in Afghanistan. Our preliminary audit objective is to assess the DEA's compliance with the MOUs and determine how the DEA utilized DoD funding.

Drug Enforcement Administration's Handling of Drug Seizures

The OIG is conducting an audit to determine if the DEA's controls over accountability of drug evidence are adequate to safeguard against theft, misuse, and loss.

Post-Incident Responses to Missions in Honduras Involving the Use of Deadly Force

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of State OIGs are conducting a joint review of the post-incident responses by the Department of State (State) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to three drug interdiction missions in Honduras in 2012, all involving the use of deadly force. The missions were conducted jointly among the Government of Honduras, the DEA, and State pursuant to an aerial interdiction program known as Operation Anvil. The joint review will address, among other things, pertinent pre-incident planning and the rules of engagement governing the use of deadly force, the post-incident investigative and review efforts by State and DEA, the cooperation by State and DEA personnel with the post-shooting reviews, and the information provided to Congress and the public by DOJ and State regarding the incidents.

Confidential Source Program

The DEA uses confidential sources – individuals who provide information to the DEA regarding criminal activities – to aid in its enforcement of U.S. controlled substance laws and regulations, and investigations of those involved in the growing, manufacturing, or distribution of controlled substances. The audit will assess the DEA’s management and oversight of its Confidential Source Program, including compliance with rules and regulations associated with the use of confidential sources, and oversight of payments to confidential sources.

Administrative Subpoenas

The OIG is examining the DEA’s use of administrative subpoenas to obtain broad collections of data or information. The review will address the legal authority for the acquisition or use of these data collections; the existence and effectiveness of any policies and procedural safeguards established with respect to the collection, use, and retention of the data; the creation, dissemination, and usefulness of any products generated from the data; and the use of “parallel construction” or other techniques to protect the confidentiality of these programs.

Sexual Misconduct in Law Enforcement Components

The OIG is examining the nature, frequency, reporting, investigation, and adjudication of sexual misconduct (including the transmission of sexually explicit text messages and images) where the conduct potentially affected the workplace or the security of operations within ATF, DEA, FBI, and USMS. The OIG is also reviewing whether these law enforcement components can effectively address allegations of sexual misconduct in a consistent manner.

Updated: January 2015

OIG Mission

To detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct in DOJ programs and personnel, and to promote economy and efficiency in those programs.

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In memory of OIG Special Agent William "Buddy" Sentner