The Drug Enforcement Administrationís Use of Intelligence Analysts

Audit Report 08-23
May 2008
Office of the Inspector General


Appendix I
Objectives, Scope, and Methodology

Objectives

The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General conducted this audit to determine: (1) how effectively the DEA recruits, trains, and retains intelligence analysts, and (2) the quality, usefulness, and effectiveness of the DEA’s intelligence reports and related products.

Scope and Methodology

Generally, our audit covered the period from FY 2004 through March of FY 2008. As part of the audit, we reviewed applicable sections of 21 U.S.C., regulations, and the DEA’s policies and procedures applicable to hiring, training, and retention of intelligence analysts along with the quality, usefulness, and effectiveness of the DEA’s intelligence reports and related products produced by intelligence analysts and reports officers.

We conducted our audit in accordance with the generally accepted Government Auditing Standards and reviewed data and performed tests necessary to accomplish the audit objectives. In connection with the audit, as required by the Standards, we reviewed: (1) selected portions of the DEA Agents Manual; DEA’s policy orders, criteria, and curriculum for the intelligence analysts’ basic training program; and a sample of the DEA’s strategic reports and reports officer cables; (2) interviewed selected officials within the DEA’s Intelligence Division; and (3) transmitted web-based questionnaires to 675 intelligence analysts and 4,843 Special Agents inquiring about their hiring, training, and retention experience in the DEA, along with questions to Special Agents about the effectiveness of contributions by intelligence analysts, whether their products were useful and timely, and a question about resource requirements.

We interviewed officials from the DEA’s Intelligence Division, the Office of Training, the Human Resources Division, Office of Finance, and the Office of Inspections. We also received briefings from the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Fusion Center, the El Paso Intelligence Center, the Special Operations Division, and the Office of Special Intelligence. Furthermore, we interviewed key users of DEA’s strategic reports and reports officer cables at the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of State, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In addition, we performed on-site audit work at the following DEA locations:

DEA Field Sites Selected for Audit

      Office       Location
DEA Headquarters Washington, D.C.
DEA Office of Training Quantico, VA
Dallas Field Office Dallas, TX
Houston Field Office Houston, TX
Los Angeles Field Office Los Angeles, CA
Miami Field Office Miami, FL
New York Field Office New York, NY
San Diego Field Office San Diego, CA
Source: OIG

Analysis and Testing

To determine how effectively the DEA recruits, trains, and retains intelligence analysts, we:

To determine the quality, usefulness, and effectiveness of intelligence reports and related products produced by intelligence analysts and reports officers, we performed the following:

We also developed a survey that consisted of 69 questions that we sent to 675 DEA intelligence analysts (GS-132 series). We received a total of 487 survey responses, a 72 percent response rate. In addition, we developed a survey that consisted of 14 questions that we sent to 4,843 DEA Special Agents (GS-1811 series). We received a total of 1,700 survey responses, a 35 percent response rate. We summarized the responses and calculated frequency tables for each survey. Each questionnaire also included open‑ended questions that were not included in the compilation of the frequency tables. We analyzed, summarized, and reported pertinent results from these survey questionnaires.

Finally, because of DEA’s sensitivity concerns about open case files, we limited our review to closed case files. Accordingly, we express no opinion on active cases.



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