Semiannual Report to Congress

April 1, 2007-September 30, 2007
Office of the Inspector General

Drug Enforcement Administration

DEA logo The DEA enforces federal laws and regulations related to the growth, production, or distribution of controlled substances. In addition, the DEA seeks to reduce the supply of and demand for illicit drugs, both domestically and internationally. The DEA has approximately 10,900 employees staffing its 23 division offices in the United States and the Caribbean and 86 offices in 62 other countries.


During this reporting period, the OIG received 203 complaints involving the DEA. The most common allegations made against DEA employees included job performance failure, off-duty misconduct, waste, and mismanagement. The OIG opened 8 investigations and referred other allegations to the DEA’s Office of Professional Responsibility for review.

At the close of the reporting period, the OIG had 15 open cases of alleged misconduct against DEA employees. The most common allegations were release of information and theft. The following are examples of cases involving the DEA that the OIG’s Investigations Division handled during this reporting period:

Ongoing Work

Follow-up Review of the DEA’s Controls over Weapons and Laptop Computers

In August 2002, the OIG issued a report on the DEA’s internal controls over its weapons and laptop computers that detailed significant lapses in the control over management of these assets. This follow-up review is examining the inventory of weapons and laptop computers at DEA headquarters and field locations, assessing actions taken by the DEA regarding lost or stolen weapons and laptop computers, and evaluating the DEA’s control over its weapons and laptop computers.

The DEA’s Utilization of Intelligence Analysts and Reports Officers

The OIG is examining the DEA’s efforts to recruit, train, and retain its intelligence analysts and reports officers.

Diversion Control Fee Account

The OIG is reviewing the DEA’s use of funds from its diversion control fee account.

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