Asset Forfeiture: Opportunities to Improve Program Administration: Testimony
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC GENERAL GOVERNMENT DIV
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This report discusses recently completed work involving the Justice and Customs asset forfeiture programs. In January 1990, the Comptroller General designated these programs as high risk areas warranting special audit attention. There have been considerable improvements in the management of both programs. On the legislative front, several important changes have also occurred. Legislation was enacted permitting administrative forfeiture of uncontested seized cash, regardless of the amount. This should reduce the court systems burden, permit more efficient use of U.S. Attorney resources, and allow money to be put to use sooner. Also legislation was passed allowing the Attorney General to warrant clear title to forfeited real properties, and requiring that each year Justice produce audited forfeiture fund financial statements. These changes should speed up real property dispositions and improve program oversight.
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