News Release
December 27, 2007
Contact: Garrison Courtney

Drug Enforcement Administration to Hire 200 Special Agents

DEC 27 -- (Washington, DC) – Today, Michele M. Leonhart, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Administrator, announced that the funding provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 (H.R. 2764), will allow DEA to lift an agency-wide hiring freeze that was instituted in August 2006.

“This is an important and most welcome development,” Leonhart said. “With this much-needed funding, DEA will be able to fill 200 Special Agent positions, as well as many vacant Intelligence Analyst and critical support positions. This legislation sends a strong and encouraging message to all of us at DEA as we continue our worldwide drug law enforcement mission.”

H.R. 2764, which was signed by the President on December 26, 2007, provides funding for fiscal 2008, which began October 1, 2007.