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  • Justice Watchdog To Probe DEA’s Warrant-less Subpoenas

    Federal investigators are scrutinizing the Drug Enforcement Administration’s use of warrant-less subpoenas, according to a new report from the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General.

    The DEA, which issues “thousands” of administrative subpoenas for records held by private businesses and individuals each year, went to court in 2013 after Oregon officials refused to hand over a pharmaceutical database, and a Dallas doctor’s office did the same with patient records.

    Administrative subpoenas, a little-known but widely used federal investigative tool, allows government agencies to issue subpoenas for records to individuals and businesses without getting a judge’s prior approval. Judges typically deny subpoenas when a requester is unable to present evidence of a reasonable cause to justify the request.

    Federal agencies like the SEC, DEA and FERC have increased their use of administrative subpoenas in recent years, but Congress began authorizing them about a century ago.

    “The OIG is examining the DEA’s use of administrative subpoenas to obtain broad collections of data or information,” the IG said. “The review will address the legal authority for the acquisition or use of these data collections; the existence and effectiveness of any policies and procedural safeguards established with respect to the collection, use and retention of the data; the creation, dissemination, and usefulness of any products generated from the data; and the use of ‘parallel construction’ or other techniques to protect the confidentiality of these programs.”

    The review isn’t a criminal investigation. It will examine how closely DEA’s operations match its statutory administrative subpoena authority.

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