Federal Law Enforcement:
Investigative Personnel and Authority for Selected Organizations Not Covered by Law Enforcement Retirement
GGD-97-127R, Jul 23, 1997
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO surveyed several federal law enforcement police organizations to determine: (1) the types of violations these federal organizations investigate; (2) the authorities under which these organizations investigate suspected federal criminal law violations, execute such warrants, make arrests, and/or carry firearms; (3) the number of investigative personnel in these organizations as of September 30, 1996, and the number of these personnel who were authorized to execute search warrants, make arrests, and/or carry firearms; and (4) how the number of investigative personnel in these organizations has changed since the end of fiscal year (FY) 1987. GAO did not independently verify the accuracy of the information provided by the organizations.
GAO noted that: (1) overall, the organizations reported being generally responsible for enforcing laws on their lands and premises and deriving their authority primarily from statutory provisions set out in the U.S. Code; (2) the organizations reported having 710 investigative personnel at the end of FY 1996, most of whom were authorized to execute search warrants, make arrests, and carry firearms; (3) this number was about one-half of the number of investigative personnel at these organizations at the end of FY 1987; and (4) this personnel decrease occurred primarily at the Tennessee Valley Authority's organizations.