Funds To Fight Drugs Go Unused 

Funds To Fight Drugs Go Unused 
Posted by CN Staff on February 08, 2003 at 09:33:08 PT
By Jerry Seper, The Washington Times 
Source: Washington Times
The Justice Department spent less than half of the $336 million it allocated in fiscal 2001 for programs to reduce demand for drugs despite a long-standing department policy intended to break the cycle of illicit drug use and its resulting violence through aggressive reduction in demand, a report said yesterday.   A 103-page report by the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General also said the Drug Enforcement Administration, the nation's front line against illicit narcotics, spent $3 million on demand-reduction programs in fiscal 2001, two-tenths of 1 percent of the agency's $1.4 billion budget.
The report also said the Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the Bureau of Prisons, along with the DEA  a Justice Department agency  spent $163 million on demand-reduction programs in fiscal 2001  not the $336 million it reported to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP.)   The Justice Department's figure, according to the report, included 19 demand-reduction programs, although the Inspector General's Office determined that 10 of the asserted programs were not directly related to demand reduction.   "Over the past 20 years, the federal drug-control budget, which includes those resources dedicated to both supply reduction and drug-demand reduction, has increased by over $16 billion," Inspector General Glenn A. Fine said. "The current drug-control budget is more than 10 times the drug-control budget in 1981.   "Despite significant increases in the federal drug-control budget ... there appears to have been little progress toward achieving the National Drug Control Strategy goals and strategic objectives developed by the ONDCP," he said.   "It has been widely recognized that enforcement alone was not sufficient and that federal efforts to reduce the demand for drugs were necessary."   Mr. Fine said drug-demand-reduction programs include drug testing, prevention and education, treatment, research, rehabilitation and drug-free workplace programs.   Mr. Fine said the DEA should "consider what potential impact it can have on the demand for drugs when only 0.2 percent of its funding was dedicated to drug-demand reduction in fiscal 2001."   He said, "The DEA's stated objective is to run an aggressive demand-reduction program, but the percentage of its budget devoted to demand reduction is very small." He noted, though, that the agency planned to increase its efforts on demand reduction.   Critics of U.S. drug policy have long said too much effort has been focused on law-enforcement efforts, including supply reduction and interdiction, and not enough on drug-demand programs. Much of that criticism has come from foreign countries, particularly those identified as sources of illicit drugs.   Investigators from the Inspector General's Office reviewed the Justice Department's activities intended to reduce demand for drugs to identify all department programs, quantify the obligations for each program and verify that financial information provided to the ONDCP was prepared appropriately.   They also sought to determine whether the department's performance measures were adequate to determine the success of its programs, identify whether department activities to reduce demand for drugs were duplicative and whether department components were coordinating efforts to reduce demand.   They recommended that the department develop verifiable and measurable outcome-based performance indicators for programs to reduce demand and that it establish a formalized mechanism for coordinating and sharing information related to activities to reduce demand.Source: Washington Times (DC)Author: Jerry Seper, The Washington Times Published: February 8, 2003Copyright: 2003 News World Communications, Inc. Website: letters washingtontimes.comRelated Articles:Asa: DEA Report Not That Bad Stings Drug Agency on Abilities Drug War Going Nowhere Fast
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Comment #3 posted by malleus2 on February 10, 2003 at 12:28:21 PT
Bureaucratic blood in the water
The various fed agencies are all vying for the lion's share of the new Homeland Security Office budget. Since there's only so much of that particular pie, the bureacratic knives have come out, and the various agency heads are eyeing each other for cutlets and pork roasts. And DEA is very, very vulnerable right now. They feds have always given them a free pass so long as there were fat times, but times have gone lean and OMB is looking to make some cuts of their own.DEA's neck is on the chopping block, but the Drug war will go on under 'new management', which like the old Who song, reminds me of "Meet the new boss; he's the same as the old boss'.
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Comment #2 posted by delariand on February 08, 2003 at 21:51:29 PT
You mean, the DEA is just a bloated BS organization, lining the pockets of corrupt officers with huge amounts of taxpayer dollars while inflating the problem they're supposed to be solving, to ensure their paychecks keep coming for another year?Wow, that's news to me ;)
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Comment #1 posted by Toad on February 08, 2003 at 12:34:09 PT
Is the DEA really not doing a good job?
What a shocker, the DEA's brand of tough love isn't reducing America's drug consumption, it must be the fault of Colombia, Hati and Guatamala. Nevertheless, it's a georgeous day here in the District of Chaos. 
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