Federal Law Enforcement:

Results of Surveys of Federal Civilian Law Enforcement Components, an E-supplement to GAO-07-121

GAO-07-223SP: Published: Dec 19, 2006. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2006.

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This document presents selected results of GAO's surveys of 104 federal civilian components that employ law enforcement officers (LEO). We defined an LEO as a federal employee who is authorized to perform any of four specific functions: conduct criminal investigations, execute search warrants, make arrests, or carry firearms. The table presenting the selected results can be viewed by clicking on the table of contents at the bottom right of this document. To collect the LEO information on these components, we administered two Web-based surveys--one on the primary sources of authorities for the specified law enforcement functions and the other on the job series classifications used for such LEOs. We received a response rate of 100 percent for both surveys. Copies of the two surveys can viewed by clicking on the table of contents of this document. The selected results we present relate to the number of LEOs that each federal component reported employing as of June 30, 2006, and the distribution of these LEOs across the civilian federal government; the federal job series classifications each component reported that they used to employ LEOs; and the sources from which these components reported deriving their primary statutory, regulatory, or other authorities to perform any of the four specified law enforcement functions. A more detailed discussion of our scope and methodology is contained in our report "Federal Law Enforcement: Survey of Federal Civilian Law Enforcement Functions and Authorities", GAO-07-121 (Washington, D.C.: December 19, 2006). We administered the two surveys from June 2006 to October 2006 in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards.

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