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DOJ OIG Releases Public Summary of a Classified Addendum to its Report on the DEA’s Confidential Source Program

The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced today that a classified addendum to the OIG’s September 2016 report, Audit of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Management and Oversight of its Confidential Source Program, has been submitted to Congress, DOJ leadership, and the DEA.  The addendum provides additional details about the OIG’s findings concerning DEA’s establishment, use, and payment of confidential sources used in a DEA Intelligence Division program, and by the DEA Special Operations Division for overseas operations.  Many of these matters were also discussed at pages 29-34 of the OIG’s September 2016 report.

Due to its classified nature, the addendum cannot be released publicly.  The OIG has therefore released a public summary describing the information it contains.  As stated in that summary, we believe that the DEA has not fully accounted for the national security, foreign relations, and civil liberties risks associated with using and paying confidential sources in the instances we reviewed.  The DEA agreed with the recommendations contained in the addendum and has stated that it will continue to work with the OIG to ensure that our findings are appropriately addressed.

The summary released today is available on the OIG’s website and at the following link: https://oig.justice.gov/reports/2017/a1633a.pdf.

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