Wed, 16 Jan 2019

Articles Posted in the " OIG " Category


  • Former DEA Supervisor and Employee Lied About Strip Club Ownership

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    NEW YORK — An investigation by the FBI, IRS and Office of the Inspector General found two DEA employees had lied about their ownership of a strip club in New Jersey, according to an OIG press update.

    David Polos, 51, was formerly an Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge with the DEA and supervised the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Strike Force. Glen Glover, 45, worked as a DEA Information Technology specialist who assisted in narco trafficking investigations domestically and abroad.

    The two men were found to have lied about their ownership of a New Jersey


  • Problems at the FBI Cellular Forensics Crime Lab in New Jersey

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    WASHINGTON — An audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory in New Jersey (NJRCFL) found potential for abuse in the agency’s cellular forensic kiosks used by law enforcement in the area.

    Regional Computer Forensics Laboratories run by the FBI were started in 1999 as a way for the FBI to assist local law enforcement agencies in processing electronic evidence from seized computers. In 2001, under the PATRIOT Act, the scope of the program was extended and now there are 16 RCFLs across the nation with an annual budget of $50 million.

    The


  • OIG Finds Issues in DEA Chain of Custody on Seized Drugs

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    WASHINGTON — A report by the Office of the Inspector General revealed the Drug Enforcement Administration did not always follow specific policies when dealing with seized drugs.

    The report, released in February, examined the methods in which the DEA handles seized drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and others. In 2015, the DEA operated out of 221 domestic offices, 86 foreign offices and employed nearly 5,000 employees with a budget of approximately $2 billion, according to the OIG report.

    The OIG examined 250 exhibits of seized drugs to see how


  • Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report Sheds Light on Corruption in Federal Agencies

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    WASHINGTON — In the Office of the Inspector General’s semiannual report to Congress, the department laid out its recent successes, its future plans and it’s frustration with its inability to access certain records.

    The OIG is a nationwide workforce of over 440 people who work as part of the Department of Justice to review complaints, allegations of fraud and other misconduct in federal and state programs.

    From April to the end of September the OIG Investigations division received 43,037 allegations. However, the OIG only closed 205 investigations in that same period of time. Investigations conducted by


  • Declassified Review Sheds Light on Start of Electronic Surveillance in United States

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    WASHTINGTON — A recently declassified report from June 29, 2009 details the rise, short comings and more of the United States mass electronic surveillance programs created by the Bush administration in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

    The report states that the Presidential Surveillance Program was signed into existence on October 4, 2001. The over 700 page report contains information on the PSP which led to the NSA’s collection of telephony and metadata which became part of a national dialogue after the Edward Snowden leaks.

    The PSP required President George W. Bush and the Attorney General to


  • DEA Operating Warrantless Surveillance Aircraft Fleet Over U.S. and Abroad

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    The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is operating a fleet of surveillance aircraft over locations within the United States as well as “foreign environments,” according to Jeffrey Stramm special agent in charge of DEA aviation division.

    The Administration does not “get warrants for public space surveillance,” Stramm said in a phone call with The Post. He went on to say that this surveillance program is in accordance with Title 21 United States Code.

    While Stramm wouldn’t confirm the number of aircraft that make up the fleet, our investigation identified 92 aircraft (as


  • FOIA, Snowden and FBI Hacker Recruitment Difficulties

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    WASHINGTON — A recently released audit of the FBI’s Next Generation Cyber Initiative by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found the Bureau has been better when pursuing cyber threats but stringent guidelines, competition with the private sector as well as the Snowden leaks has greatly affected their ability to do so.

    In October of 2012 the FBI launched it’s Next Gen Cyber Initiative in response to an OIG report in 2011 which showed faults in the Bureau’s investigative practices when it came to cyber security.

    In 2014 the budget for the new initiative was


  • DEA Confidential Source Program Slammed by OIG Report

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    An audit of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) confidential source program by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found the agency’s policies did not fall in line with standards set forth by the Department of Justice.

    The audit, released in July 2015, took a considerable amount of time due to lack of cooperation by the DEA in participating with the audit. The review took over one year and the OIG plans on continuing their investigation into the DEA’s program in order to “fully access” the DEA’s management and oversight.

    According