Drug Control:

DEA's Strategies and Operations in the 1990s

T-GGD-99-149: Published: Jul 29, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1999.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the results of its review of the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) strategies and operations in the 1990s, focusing on: (1) the major enforcement strategies, programs, initiatives, and approaches DEA has implemented in the 1990s to carry out its mission; and (2) whether DEA's strategic goals and objectives, programs and initiatives, and performance measures are consistent with the Office of National Drug Control Policy's National Drug Control Strategy.

GAO noted that: (1) DEA enhanced or changed important aspects of its operations during the 1990s, including expanding its focus to target local drug dealers in addition to major drug trafficking organizations; (2) in this regard: (a) DEA expanded its domestic enforcement operations to work more with state and local law enforcement agencies and help combat drug-related violence in local communities; (b) DEA implemented an investigative approach focusing on intercepting the communications of major drug traffickers; and (c) DEA enhanced its foreign operations by participating in two interagency programs to target major drug trafficking organizations in Latin America and Asia and screening and training special foreign police units to combat drug trafficking in certain key foreign countries; (3) GAO also determined that DEA's strategic goals and objectives, and enhanced programs and initiatives, in the 1990s were consistent with the National Drug Control Strategy; and (4) however, DEA has not developed measurable performance targets for its programs and initiatives that are consistent with those adopted for the National Strategy.

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