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Justice Department Closes Forfeiture Office


December 1994

The Justice Department announced that it wants to close the Executive Office for Asset Forfeiture and shift responsibilities to the asset forfeiture office of the Criminal Division ("Police Groups Criticize Decision to Close Asset Forfeiture Office," Drug Enforcement Report, Nov. 23, 1994, p. 1).

The Office of Management and Budget approved the closing on Nov. 8, but Congress must be alerted to the move before it officially happens.

Police groups are opposing the office closing. They believe the closing of the office will mean less support from the Justice Department for police asset forfeiture practices.