Recommendations Database

Jump To:

As of January 31, 2023, there are 4842 open recommendations that still need to be addressed. 473 of these are priority recommendations, those that we believe warrant priority attention. Learn more about our priority designation on our Recommendations page.

Search for open recommendations by agency, topic, subject, or keyword/phrase below, or view all open recommendations by agency.

Skip to main search results
Clear All Filters
1 - 3 of 3 Recommendations, including 1 Priority Recommendations
Want to download a list of recommendations that includes agency with subgroups?

Facial Recognition Technology: Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Should Better Assess Privacy and Other Risks

Show
2 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Drug Enforcement Administration The Administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration should implement a mechanism to track what non-federal systems with facial recognition technology are used by employees to support investigative activities. (Recommendation 3)
Open

In August 2022, DEA reported that it had notified its investigators that they were not authorized to use facial recognition technology. Given the potential future use of the technology, DEA is participating in a Department of Justice working group, which will develop department-wide policy on facial recognition technology. As of November 2022, this recommendation remains open.

Drug Enforcement Administration The Administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration should, after implementing a mechanism to track non-federal systems, assess the risks of using such systems, including privacy and accuracy-related risks. (Recommendation 4)
Open

In August 2022, DEA reported that it had notified its investigators that they were not authorized to use facial recognition technology. Given the potential future use of the technology, DEA is participating in a Department of Justice working group, which will develop department-wide policy on facial recognition technology. As of November 2022, this recommendation remains open.

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

Show
1 Open Recommendations
1 Priority
Agency Recommendation Status
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

Have a Question about a Recommendation?

For questions about a specific recommendation, contact the person or office listed with the recommendation. For general information about recommendations, contact GAO's Audit Policy and Quality Assurance office at (202) 512-6100 or apqa@gao.gov.