High Risk Series:

Asset Forfeiture Programs

HR-93-17: Published: Dec 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1992.

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GAO reviewed the Department of Justice's and the U.S. Customs Service's management and disposition of seized and forfeited assets, focusing on: (1) program changes; and (2) areas needing sustained management attention.

GAO found that: (1) legislative changes allowing more seizures and forfeitures increased Justice's and Customs' seized property inventories by almost 600 percent by 1992; (2) Congress established special funds with proceeds from asset sales to pay asset forfeiture-related expenses; (3) in 1987, Justice and Customs established policies to minimize the unnecessary holding of cash by speeding up the deposit of cash not needed in Treasury accounts; (4) Justice and Customs have developed systems to improve information handling needed for decision making; (5) a 1990 legislative change allowed the agencies to process all uncontested forfeitures administratively rather than judicially, which sped up the process considerably; (6) Justice and Customs have agreed to a pilot test of consolidating their postseizure management and disposition of noncash seized property inventories; (7) Justice and Customs are developing joint asset-sharing guidelines and oversight policies and procedures in response to asset-sharing concerns expressed by state and other officials; and (8) Justice has increased its use of title searches in seizing real property to protect owners' property rights.

Below are the reports in this series:

High Risk Series: Farmers Home Administration's Farm Loan Programs HR-93-1, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Guaranteed Student Loans HR-93-2, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Bank Insurance Fund HR-93-3, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Resolution Trust Corporation HR-93-4, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation HR-93-5, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Medicare Claims HR-93-6, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Defense Weapons Systems Acquisition HR-93-7, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Defense Contract Pricing HR-93-8, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Department of Energy Contract Management HR-93-9, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Superfund Program Management HR-93-10, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: NASA Contract Management HR-93-11, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Defense Inventory Management HR-93-12, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Internal Revenue Service Receivables HR-93-13, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Managing the Customs Service HR-93-14, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Management of Overseas Real Property HR-93-15, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Federal Transit Administration Grant Management HR-93-16, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Asset Forfeiture Programs HR-93-17, Dec 1, 1992

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