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National Drug Policy Board: Leadership Evolving, Greater Role in Developing Budgets Possible

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This General Accounting Office report on the activities of the National Drug Policy Board determine if the board has fulfilled its responsibilities under the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 to facilitate coordination of Federal drug law enforcement operations and policy.
The National Drug Policy Board brings together drug law enforcement officials at several levels -- cabinet members, agency heads, and program managers -- enabling them to discuss, plan, and coordinate operations and programs and provides a forum to discuss and resolve interagency disputes. The board's efforts to facilitate coordination have been worthwhile and responsive to the requirements of the law establishing the board. The board has developed policy to the extent that it has issued two policy directives and made policy decisions to facilitate special drug enforcement operations. It also has issued the 'National and International Drug Law Enforcement Strategy,' which is an amalgamation of existing strategies used by drug law enforcement agencies. The board has been hindered in developing budgetary priorities because of the lack of information on resources devoted to drug control programs and the results of these programs. A consolidated drug control budget including breakdowns of expenditures for each component of the strategy has been developed, and implementation plans for each component including measurable objectives have been prepared for the board.