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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 2016 FY 2017 FY 2018
(through 3rd quarter)
Cases Initiated 2,154 1,734 1,014
Warnings 1,320 523 193
Settlement Agreements 458 420 370
Stipulated Penalties Assessed $728,602 $558,896 $485,007
Non-Monetary Stipulations 5 1 1
Referrals to OGC 87 (alleged violators)
67 (cases)   

398 (alleged violators)
66 (cases)

9 (alleged violators)
5 (cases)
Administrative Complaints 48 192 2
Administrative Decisions 80 135 48
Civil Penalties Assessed $3,914,999 $837,325 $226,350
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