INS Drug Task Force Activities:

Federal Agencies Supportive of INS Efforts

GGD-94-143: Published: Jul 7, 1994. Publicly Released: Aug 9, 1994.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Immigration and Naturalization Service's (INS) participation in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), focusing on INS: (1) staffing and efforts for OCDETF in pilot cities and nonpilot cities; and (2) responsiveness to inquiries from law enforcement organizations and participation in OCDETF criminal investigations.

GAO found that: (1) INS has increased its overall OCDETF staff years by about 25 percent; (2) other OCDETF participating agencies find INS agents to be knowledgeable and willing to participate in all aspects of OCDETF investigations and believe INS is doing its best with its available staff; (3) INS OCDETF officials prefer direct reporting to headquarters because it allows more efficient program management, makes INS staff more responsive to the task force, limits staff reassignment to non-OCDETF activities, and expedites decisionmaking; (4) INS district directors prefer the traditional reporting structure because they are not always aware of OCDETF activities; (5) INS district directors believe that INS could successfully participate in OCDETF activities under its traditional reporting structure if INS headquarters made OCDETF a priority and specified the level of resource commitment; and (6) INS headquarters officials believe that both reporting structures have advantages and weaknesses.

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