The Multi-State Regional Intelligence Projects--Who Will Oversee These Federally Funded Networks?

GGD-81-36: Published: Dec 31, 1980. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1981.

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The Department of Justice funds seven regional intelligence information networks which provide State and local agencies with a broad range of intelligence and investigative support services. The Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA) established an Intelligence Systems and Policy Review Board to oversee Federal funds going into the projects. LEAA also maintains a discretionary grant program which provides day-to-day monitoring of grants for the networks. Since LEAA is being phased out, it is uncertain which agency or bureau in Justice will provide administrative oversight of these networks in the future.

Successors to the LEAA discretionary grant program and the policy review board are needed since continued Federal funding for the intelligence projects has been appropriated. Since the emerging networks work or intend to work with a number of other Federal law enforcement agencies, representation on the new board may need to be expanded. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is making contingency plans to assume the responsibility for day-to-day grant monitoring. However, some regional project officials are concerned because DEA is drug oriented and some of the networks focus on other types of crime. A clearly defined role for the networks is needed to enhance their relationship with Federal law enforcement agencies.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: The administration is no longer funding the program.

    Recommendation: The Attorney General should define a role for the multi-State regional intelligence projects which will enhance their relationship with Federal law enforcement agencies.

    Agency Affected: Department of Justice

  2. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: The administration is no longer funding the program.

    Recommendation: The Attorney General should assign only the administrative responsibility for grant funding and project monitoring to a Justice agency such as the Drug Enforcement Administration and reserve for the Board all policy decisions.

    Agency Affected: Department of Justice

  3. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: The administration is no longer funding the program.

    Recommendation: The Attorney General should reestablish the Intelligence Systems and Policy Review Board at the department level with representation from appropriate Federal law enforcement agencies. The Board, subject to the Attorney General's approval, should set and review regional networks' compliance with criminal intelligence system operating policies.

    Agency Affected: Department of Justice

 

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