Message #117: From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Subject: ARPA Convictions List / LOOT Clearinghouse Date: Thu, 25 Apr 96 09:15:00 MST Encoding: 149 TEXT From: Anne Vawser Richard Waldbauer of the NPS sent me this information about the LOOT Clearinghouse and I thought I would pass it along for those of you who aren't familar with it. If you want more information or would like to query the database he can be contacted at Richard_Waldbauer@nps.gov. -------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks for your interest in the LOOT Clearinghouse. A briefing statement and copy of the LOOT form are attached for your information and use. If you have a specific inquiry you'd like to make on any of the data fields, just let me know. If you have some names you'd like inquired upon, just list them. My assistant, David Tarler, will get back to you quickly with the answers, and we can print out a report if you need one. The LOOT Clearinghouse is not comprehensive because it is based upon voluntary submissions. There is no statutory requirement in the Department of Justice to report specifically upon archeological protection cases, so LOOT is the best database available. Generally, Federal agencies do a good job in sending significant cases to us. Sincerely, RCWaldbauer ------------------------------------------------------------ DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR NATIONAL PARK SERVICE Departmental Consulting Archeologist Archeological Assistance Program Briefing April 24, 1996 Subject: Archeological Resource Protection Listing of Outlaw Treachery (LOOT) Information Clearinghouse Issue: The looting and vandalism of archeological sites robs all the citizens of a non-renewable part of their cultural heritage. Looters destroy information which often is the only way we can ever understand how people lived in the past. Archeological sites do not regenerate, nor can they be replaced. The National Strategy for Federal Archeology presented by the Department of the Interior stresses goals which will improve agencies' stewardship capabilities toward archeological resources. Three of them particularly are important for archeological protection. They are improved information exchange among law enforcement and cultural resources professionals, improved public awareness programs, and improved information about archeological sites and collections. In 1988, significant assistance for improved stewardship was provided by amendments to the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA, 16 U.S.C. 470aa-mm) which among other things requires Federal land managing agencies to develop documents for reporting suspected violations. Status: Significant progress in conducting archeological law enforcement casework has been made based upon availability of technical information, field methods training through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), and protection program training through AAP. Since 1987, one of the souces for case information has been the Listing of Outlaw Treachery (LOOT) Information Clearinghouse. The LOOT Clearinghouse contains voluntarily submitted summary records of prosecuted cases in both hardcopy files and computerized database formats. There are nearly 300 cases currently in LOOT. A standard LOOT form has been developed to systematically organize case information. The form (NPS 10-29) contains data on such things as arrests, indictments, trials, pleas, judgements, sentences, investigative reports, court documents, and archeological resources damage assessments. Federal information collection requirements have been met through administrative review by the Office of Management and Budget, and LOOT has received clearance for its consistency with Federal legal responsibilities such as Privacy Act and FOIA issues. This means any Federal agency may adopt the LOOT form as part of their program to comply with Section 14(c) of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act. The case information in LOOT has been used by cultural resources, law enforcement, and justice personnel to improve general understanding of archeological resources crime as well as to guide case development. Most recently, the LOOT Clearinghouse served as a primary source for compiling the Archeological Resources Protection: Federal Prosecution Sourcebook, which was co-published with the Department of Justice and serves as a principal technical reference for United States Attorneys and departmental solicitors. LOOT also has been used as a source for material in archeological protection training. What is Needed: Through ongoing cooperation of law enforcement and justice personnel in submitting LOOT entries and promoting the participation in LOOT by agency managers, the LOOT Clearinghouse can continue to provide current summary and comparative information about archeological looting and vandalism. Agency press releases sent with LOOT entries are important as well. These press releases are printed in the Common Ground which is distributed to nearly 8,000 agencies and professionals involved in cultural resources management and law enforcement. In addition, press releases are mailed to more than 180 editors of other major publications. This kind of information exchange can play a major part in raising public awareness of the looting problem and helping to realize the deterrence effect of efficient casework. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- NPS Form 10-29 OMB No. 1024-0111 Approved through 7/31/98 NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ARCHEOLOGICAL ASSISTANCE DIVISION LISTING OF OUTLAW TREACHERY (LOOT) Case Summary Agency: Regional/State Unit: District/Divisional Unit: Location: State: Defendant(s): (When indicating dates, please list by month, day, and year) Incident: (date) Arrest: (date) Charges: (Give CFR or USC title and name) Indictment: (date) Hearing: (date) Trial: (date) Plea - Guilty/Not Guilty: (date) Judgement - Guilty/Not Guilty: (Indicate misdemeanor/felony/civil for each count) (date) Sentence: (date) Fine: $ Forfeiture: (Indicate amount in dollars and/or list items) (OVER) Information Provided By: Name: Agency/Office: Phone: Date Completed: U.S. Attorney/Legal Contact: Name: Phone: Narrative Summary: (Use additional sheets if necessary) Attachments: (Please attach the following, if not available please give name and phone number of person who has access to those documents) 1. Investigative Reports (Arrest summaries, evidence logs, etc.) 2. Court Documents (Indictments, motions, sentences, etc.) 3. Archeological Damage Assessment Paperwork Reduction Act and Estimated Burden Statement This information is being collected, pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 470mm, to provide the necessary information needed to complete the Secretary's Report to Congress on Federal Archeology Programs, and will be used to allow the National Park Service to evaluate Federal archeological protection programs and assess compliance with the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 (16 U.S.C. 470). Response to this request is voluntary. No action may be taken against you for refusing to supply the information. The public reporting burden for this form is estimated to average 1 hour per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, gathering and maintaining data, and completing and reviewing the form. Direct comments regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of this form to Information Collection Clearance Officer, Administrative Services Division, National Park Service, P.O. Box 37127, Washington, D.C. 20013-7127 and the Office of Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project, Washington, D.C. 20503.