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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.

DEA’s El Paso Intelligence Center

The OIG is reviewing the DEA’s El Paso Intelligence Center. The review, following a 2010 report, will focus on how the El Paso Intelligence Center contributes to the law enforcement community.

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.

Management and Oversight of the DEA’s Confidential Source Program

The OIG previously issued a report in July 2015 examining the DEA’s confidential source policies and their consistency with Department-level standards for law enforcement components, the DEA’s oversight of certain high-level confidential sources and high-risk activities involving confidential sources, and the DEA’s administration of death and disability benefits to confidential sources. The OIG continues to review the DEA’s overall management and administration of its confidential source program, including oversight of payments to confidential sources.

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 the Department's law enforcement components, specifically ATF, DEA, FBI, and USMS. The review will include an assessment of component demographics, gender discrimination complaints, and the complaint process. The OIG will also assess staff perceptions related to gender equity and the reasons why staff have those perceptions.

Review of the Department’s Oversight of Asset Seizure and Forfeiture Activities

The OIG is examining DOJ’s asset seizure and forfeiture activities from FY 2007 to FY 2014, with particular attention paid to the forfeiture of seized cash. Additionally, the OIG is reviewing the effects of recent DOJ policy limiting the ability of DOJ agencies to adopt assets seized under state law.

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: September 2016

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