ABSTRACT

DHS Inconsistently Implemented Administrative Forfeiture Authorities Under CAFRA   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the Document: "The Department of Homeland Security inconsistently implemented seizure and administrative forfeiture authorities under the 'Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000' (CAFRA) in FYs 2014 through 2018. Congress enacted CAFRA to provide uniform procedures for civil forfeitures and increase safeguards for individuals whose property has been seized by the Federal Government. However, DHS components used inconsistent processes for administrative forfeitures under CAFRA. Specifically, we found inconsistencies in the forms used to notify property owners and the process for responding to claims. Additionally, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inappropriately used waivers to extend deadlines for responding to claims. These inconsistencies occurred, in part, because components interpreted CAFRA differently, but also because DHS did not designate an office responsible for overseeing administrative forfeitures across the Department."

Report Number:
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-20-66
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Date:
2020-08-27
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General: https://www.oig.dhs.gov/
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pdf
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