In 2002, the FBI established the RCFL National Program Office (NPO) to oversee the operations of the RCFLs, and to facilitate the creation of new facilities. Additionally, the NPO supports the laboratories by —
The Department of Justice's Asset Forfeiture Program is a national law enforcement program that continues to be an effective and powerful strategy in the fight against crime.
The primary mission of the Asset Forfeiture Program is to employ asset forfeiture powers in a manner that enhances public safety and security. This is accomplished by removing the proceeds of crime and other assets relied upon by criminals and their associates to perpetuate their illegal activities.
Partnering with the Asset Forfeiture Program
Each year, the RCFL NPO, as part of the annual request for allocation of resources from the Asset Forfeiture Fund, submits a proposal to allow the FBI to support reimbursement of overtime funding for state and local RCFL Examiners. The proposal also includes a request for funding to provide state and local law enforcement examiners with cell phones and the use of government-leased automobiles while on official duty. Because AFF resources are awarded on an annual basis, there is no guarantee these benefits will be available to state/local examiners from one year to the next.
Since the RCFL Program's partnership with the AFF began, RCFLs have been able to better address backlogged cases, perform emergency examinations, and improve turn-around times.
Components of the Department of Justice's Asset Forfeiture Program
The Asset Forfeiture Program includes activities by DOJ components and several others outside the Department.
The components include—
Several organizations outside DOJ also participate in the program and include —
Working with DOJ's Asset Forfeiture Program
Any state or local law enforcement agency that directly participates in an investigation or prosecution that results in a federal forfeiture may request an equitable share of the net proceeds of the forfeiture. To learn more about sharing federally forfeited property, state and local law enforcement personnel can go to the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS), Criminal Division, Web site and click on the AFMLS's publication titled: "A Guide to Equitable Sharing of Federally Forfeited Property for State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies."
For further guidance regarding operational asset forfeiture matters, contact the FBI's Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Unit at (202) 324-3000.