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As of December 1, 2021, there are 4659 open recommendations, of which 482 are priority recommendations. Recommendations remain open until they are designated as Closed-implemented or Closed-not implemented.

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Drug Control: Actions Needed to Ensure Usefulness of Data on Suspicious Opioid Orders

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Drug Enforcement Administration
Priority Rec.
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The DEA Administrator should develop and implement additional ways to use algorithms in analyzing ARCOS and other data to more proactively identify problematic drug transaction patterns. (Recommendation 1)
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DOJ agreed with this recommendation and has made significant progress in addressing this recommendation. For example, in February 2021, DOJ deployed a new platform that facilitates user identification of, among other things, geographical trends and outliers in opioid and stimulant drug sale patterns. In addition, DEA's built-in algorithms track increases in the number of thefts, locations, and drug type and. DEA is working to further develop and use algorithms to more proactively identify and alert DEA's field divisions of problematic drug transactions. Once implemented, the agency will need

Drug Enforcement Administration
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The DEA Administrator should establish outcome-oriented goals and associated measurable performance targets related to opioid diversion activities, using data it collects, to assess how the data it obtains and uses supports its diversion control activities. (Recommendation 3)
Open

DOJ neither agreed nor disagreed with this recommendation. In July 2020, DEA reported that it anticipated being able to set measureable performance targets that are based on the number of leads that result in either the initiation of a new case or supplement an existing investigation. In February 2021, DEA established an automated portal that sends fully developed investigative leads and pointers to field personnel; however, the metrics that DEA identified are output measures, not outcome-oriented goals, and measurable performance targets. To address this recommendation, DEA needs to provide

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