APHIS Overall Enforcement Summary
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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 1st quarter)
Cases Initiated 2,154 1,734 301
Warnings 1,320 523 48
Settlement Agreements 458 420 91
Stipulated Penalties Assessed $728,602 $558,896 $95,845
Non-Monetary Stipulations 5 1 1
Referrals to OGC 87 (alleged violators)

67 (cases)   

398 (alleged violators)

66 (cases)

2 (alleged violators)

1 (case)
Administrative Complaints 48 192 0
Administrative Decisions 80 135 37
Civil Penalties Assessed $3,914,999 $837,325 $61,850
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