Drug Enforcement Administration

Ongoing Work

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.

Contract Awarded to L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC

The OIG is auditing a DEA contract awarded to L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC. The preliminary objectives are to: (1) determine whether the DEA adhered to federal regulations during the contract award and administration processes, (2) assess the adequacy of DEA’s contract oversight, and (3) determine if L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC properly invoiced the government and complied with the terms and conditions of the contract award.

DEA Linguistics Contract with Conduit Language Specialists, Inc.

The OIG is auditing a DEA linguistics contract awarded to Conduit Language Specialists, Inc., located in Paris, Kentucky. The preliminary objective is to assess DEA and Conduit Language Specialists, Inc.’s administration of and performance in accordance with the terms, conditions, laws, and regulations applicable to this contract in the areas of: (1) contractor performance; (2) billings and payments; and (3) contract management, oversight, and monitoring.

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.

Review of Gender Equity in the Department of Justice Law Enforcement Components

The OIG is examining gender equity in DOJ’s law enforcement components, specifically ATF, DEA, FBI, and USMS. The review will include an examination of component demographics and staff data related to promotions, awards, and gender discrimination complaints. The OIG will also assess staff perceptions related to gender equity and analyze the reasons for those perceptions.

Review of Tribal Law Enforcement

The OIG is assessing the Department’s tribal law enforcement activities and responsibilities pursuant to the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010. The review will focus on the Department’s legal assistance, investigative training, and other technical assistance used to enhance law enforcement efforts in Indian Country.

Updated: April 2017