APHIS Overall Enforcement Summary

APHIS Overall Enforcement Summary

In fiscal year (FY) 2017, APHIS Investigative and Enforcement Services (IES) opened 1,734 new cases; APHIS issued 523 official warnings, issued 420 pre-litigation settlements resulting in the collection of $558,896 in stipulated penalties, and obtained administrative orders assessing $837,325 in civil penalties. On average, APHIS IES completed all investigated cases in 389 days. (IES considers a case complete after it issues an official warning, issues a voluntary settlement to which the recipient agrees, finds there is insufficient evidence to support enforcement action, or refers a case to the USDA Office of the General Counsel.)

Totals FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017
Cases Initiated

1,922

2,154 1,734
Warnings

801

1,320 523
Settlement Agreements

431

458 420
Stipulated Penalties Assessed

$619,117

$728,602 $558,896
Non-Monetary Stipulations

7

5 1
Referrals to OGC 160 (alleged violators)

76 (cases)
87 (alleged violators)

67 (cases)   

398 (alleged violators)

66 (cases)

Administrative Complaints

64

48 192
Administrative Decisions

49

80 135
Civil Penalties Assessed

$78,550

$3,914,999 $837,325
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