DOJ OIG: DOJ OIG Releases Report on the DEA’s Aviation Operations with the DOD in Afghanistan

March 2016

The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report examining the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) aviation operations within the Department of Defense (DOD) in Afghanistan. The OIG found that the DEA and DoD had spent $86 million over 7 years on an aircraft that missed every delivery date and failed to comply with numerous federal regulations when purchasing and modifying the aircraft. Here is the link to the Report.

Media Coverage

Restore Accountability: DEA, DOD Spent $86 Million on Flightless Plane

Reuters: U.S. anti-drug plane for Afghanistan still flightless after $86 million: report

Free Beacon: Feds Spent $86 Million on Plane That Can’t Fly

CNN: $86 million aircraft to combat drugs in Afghanistan doesn't take off



DOJ OIG: Findings Concerning the DEA’s Use of Amtrak Employees as Paid Confidential Sources 

January 2016

The Amtrak Police Department (APD) and the DEA participate in a joint task force that works to interdict passengers trafficking contraband on Amtrak trains. Accordingly, Amtrak information is available to DEA at no cost from APD. 

The OIG determined that over a period of twenty years, the DEA paid the Amtrak employee $854,460 as of January 2014 for information that was available at no cost to the government in violation of federal regulations relating to the use of government property, thereby wasting substantial government funds. 

In addition, the OIG learned that an APD officer assigned to a different DEA task force registered another Amtrak employee as a DEA CS and that the DEA paid $9,701 to the CS in exchange for Amtrak information. Executive Summary

Media Coverage

Washington PostAmtrak, airline and package delivery company employees got rich as DEA informants


DOJ OIG: Findings Concerning the DEA’s Use of a TSA Airport Security Screener as a Paid Confidential Source 

January 2016

The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) initiated this investigation upon the receipt of information from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport Security Screener had been registered as a paid Confidential Source (CS) for the DEA. 

The OIG determined that registering a TSA Security Screener as a CS violated DEA policy, which precludes registering as a CS “employees of U.S. law enforcement agencies who are working solely in their official capacity with DEA.” The OIG also found that TSA Security Screeners are obligated to report to law enforcement suspected criminal activity that they observe in the course of their duties. Therefore, by registering a TSA Security Screener as a CS, the DEA agreed to pay for information that the screener was already obligated to provide to law enforcement. Investigative Summary

Media Coverage

Judicial Watch: DEA Pays Informants for Intel that’s Available for Free


DOJ OIG: Audit of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Controls Over Seized and Collected Drugs 

February 2016

For this audit, OIG examined the DEA’s controls over seized and collected drugs, which are of critical importance given the addictive nature and market value of these substances, and their role as key evidence in criminal prosecutions. 

OIG found that drug exhibits were not always recorded properly in the Temporary Drug Ledger, and were unable to locate DEA-12s for 9 percent (12 of 132) of the exhibits. 

Further, at the three laboratories visited, OIG found that drug exhibits were often not entered into the inventory management system in a timely fashion, thereby delaying the creation of a formal record to reflect the DEA’s possession of the drugs. Report




GAO: State Marijuana Legalization: DOJ Should Document Its Approach to Monitoring the Effects of Legalization 

December 2015

An increasing number of states have adopted laws that legalize marijuana for medical or recreational purposes under state law, yet federal penalties remain. GAO was asked to review issues related to Colorado’s and Washington’s actions to regulate recreational marijuana and DOJ’s mechanisms to monitor the effects of state legalization. Report

Media Coverage

CNBC: Legal pot business takes deep breath, faces growing pains

NBC News: Legal Marijuana Business Finds Its Footing, Despite Challenges



DOJ OIG: Bonuses and Other Favorable Personnel Actions for Drug Enforcement Administration Employees Involved in Alleged Sexual Misconduct Incidents 

October 2015

In the 2015 report on the handling of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations by the Department’s law enforcement components, the OIG reviewed three misconduct cases involving 14 subjects. For this review, OIG requested promotion, bonus, and award information and documents for each of the 14 employees.

OIG's review found there were 20 award requests made in connection with the 14 individuals described in our report. Although none of the 14 individuals received promotions, we found that in 10 instances, 8 employees received bonuses, awards, or other favorable personnel actions, contrary to DEA policy. Report

Media Coverage

RT: DEA agents ‘got bonuses’ during ‘sex party’ investigation – Justice Dept