High Risk Series:

Asset Forfeiture Programs

HR-95-7: Published: Feb 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1995.

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GAO reviewed the U.S. Customs Service's and Department of Justice's (DOJ) management of property seized through their asset forfeiture programs.

GAO found that: (1) the government has lost significant revenues because seized property has not been properly cared for; (2) despite legislation that requires Justice and the Department of the Treasury to develop a plan to consolidate their postseizure administration, they continue to operate two similar but separate seized asset management and disposal programs; (3) questions remain as to whether forfeiture laws and the proceeds from these asset forfeiture programs are being applied appropriately; (4) although some management and systems changes have improved program operations, serious internal control weaknesses affect Customs' ability to control, manage, and report the results of its seizure efforts; (5) the Customs Commissioner has established a senior management task force to review the entire seized property program; (6) problems persist with the Marshals Service's disposal of seized and forfeited property; (7) DOJ and Treasury have made significant progress in consolidating postseizure management of noncash seized property, strengthening the asset forfeiture program's integrity, and ensuring that asset forfeiture laws are applied appropriately; (8) although there have been significant improvements in seized and forfeited assets management, some significant problems remain and the Marshals Service and Customs need to continue their oversight of their asset forfeiture programs.

Below are the reports in this series:

High Risk Series: An Overview HR-95-1, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Quick Reference Guide HR-95-2, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Defense Contract Management HR-95-3, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Defense Weapons Systems Acquisition HR-95-4, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Defense Inventory Management HR-95-5, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Internal Revenue Service Receivables HR-95-6, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Asset Forfeiture Programs HR-95-7, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Medicare Claims HR-95-8, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Farm Loan Programs HR-95-9, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Student Financial Aid HR-95-10, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Department of Housing and Urban Development HR-95-11, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Superfund Program Management HR-95-12, Feb 1, 1995

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