Follow-up Review of the Drug Enforcement Administration's El Paso Intelligence Center [open pdf - 1021KB]
"The Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment states that Mexican transnational criminal organizations are the single greatest criminal drug threat to the United States. The El Paso Intelligence Center (Center, EPIC), a DEA-led, multi-agency intelligence center located in El Paso, Texas, is well positioned to play a key role in law enforcement's efforts to combat these organizations and deter their criminal activities because of its long-standing presence on the U.S. southwest border. [...] The Department of Justice (Department, DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) previously reviewed EPIC in 2010. During that review, we examined EPIC's roles and functions and its ability to analyze and disseminate intelligence to support federal, state, and local law enforcement operations. The review found that EPIC was highly valued by its partner agencies and customers, who found its products useful. However, we identified several weaknesses in EPIC's operations and, as a result of that review, made 10 recommendations to the DEA, the last of which was closed in March 2014 because we found sufficient evidence that EPIC had taken reasonable steps to address the concerns we had identified. After discussions with the DEA Acting Administrator, the OIG initiated this review for the purpose of examining EPIC's capabilities and the value it has provided to law enforcement since our prior review. We also assessed EPIC's governance, partner agency resource allocations, ability to fulfill its 'all threats' mission focus, and coordination with another southwest border intelligence collection program managed by the DEA Houston Field Division (DEA Houston)."
Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, Evaluation and Inspections Division 17-01
Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General: https://oig.justice.gov/