Law enforcement (51 - 60 of 60 items)
Improving the Effectiveness of Criminal Forfeiture of Assets
116387: Sep 16, 1981
Illegal activities generate billions of dollars annually, and the Government's efforts to take the profit out of crime through asset forfeiture has had little success. In its efforts to improve the Government's forfeiture program, the Department of Justice has: (1) issued guidance to prosecutors on the use of forfeiture statutes; (2) started to accumulate forfeiture statistics to analyze the exten...
Assurance Needed That Import Classifications Are Accurate
GGD-81-46: Published: Apr 23, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 1981.
Proper tariff classification is essential for determining the appropriate import duty, treating importers consistently, and compiling import data for formulating trade policies. GAO reviewed a random sample of 50 entries at each of three Customs Service field offices.Most of the products in the entries were accepted solely on the basis of import specialists' reviews of entry papers submitted by im...
Reducing Fraud and Abuse in Entitlement Programs: An Evaluative Perspective
116149: Jan 1, 1981
Little attention has been directed to the design weaknesses of entitlement programs which present opportunities for fraud and abuse. There has been a failure to envision and formally recognize the possibility of fraud and abuse in benefit programs, a consequent failure to address these problems by designing safeguards against them, a failure to build in provisions and funds for the energetic pursu...
Improving the Collection of Debts Owed the Government
113894: Nov 20, 1980
The amount of debts owed the Government is growing, with agencies reporting that $117 billion was owed by U.S. citizens and organizations at the start of fiscal 1980. Specific debt collection problems identified at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) include a lack of debt collection information reported by the accounting systems. Although each of the 2,000 mortgages held by HUD...
Justice Needs To Better Manage Its Fight Against Public Corruption
GGD-80-38: Published: Jul 24, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1980.
In 1977, the Department of Justice designated public corruption, which are crimes by public officials, as one of the priorities among its law enforcement activities. Justice had already established the Public Integrity Section (PIS) as a focal point for coordinating its attack on public corruption.GAO found that management and coordination of public corruption activities by PIS need to be improved...
Closer Controls and Better Data Could Improve Antitrust Enforcement
GGD-80-16: Published: Feb 29, 1980. Publicly Released: Feb 29, 1980.
Two agencies share responsibility for enforcing Federal antitrust laws: the Justice Department's Antitrust Division, through civil and criminal legal proceedings; and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), through adjudication before Administrative Law Judges. Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed their performance in enforcing Federal antitrust laws. Data was compiled on 294 antitrust in...
Need To Better Administer the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act's Maintenance-of-Effort Requirement
GGD-78-85: Published: Oct 3, 1978. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 1978.
The Department of Justice's Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA) is authorized to finance nationwide efforts to improve juvenile justice and prevent juvenile delinquency. The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 requires that a minimum level of assistance for juvenile delinquency programs be maintained from appropriations made under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe...
Review of Selected Narcotics Enforcement Research and Demonstration Projects
GGD-78-9: Published: Dec 14, 1977. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 1977.
Federal narcotics enforcement agencies use science and technology to improve and augment narcotics enforcement. Of 18 narcotics enforcement research and development projects reviewed, 9 were selected by the Office of Science and Technology (OST) in the Executive Office of the President, 4 by the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD), and 2 by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The...
Effective Use of Federal Funds for Law Enforcement
GGD-78-25: Published: Dec 1, 1977. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1977.
A summary was compiled of GAO completed and ongoing work bearing on efforts to promote more effective use of the limited federal funds for law enforcement. No single GAO report provides a basis for making recommendations which affect the entire federal law-enforcement structure. These reports have provided information on a function or activity performed by a single agency, information concerning s...