Internal Controls:

Drug Enforcement Administration's Use of Forfeited Personal Property

GGD-87-20: Published: Dec 10, 1986. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 1986.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) evaluated the adequacy of controls governing the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) conversion of forfeited personal property to official government use; and (2) determined whether the Dallas DEA office had adhered to DEA policies and procedures in converting forfeited personal property to government use.

GAO found that: (1) the Dallas office converted about $14,000 of seized personal property for government use that was inconsistent with DEA policy; (2) the Dallas office provided little assurance that it had not converted the property for inappropriate government use; (3) DEA has not adequately defined the operational value of forfeited personal property; and (4) DEA did not require field managers to justify the need for personal property they converted to government use.

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