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Office of Assessments, Accountability, Special Enforcement and Investigations (OAASEI) assesses and collects civil monetary penalties for violations of the Mine Act and of mine safety and health standards, which includes determining the civil penalty amounts, collecting and accounting for all delinquent penalties, and accounting for all penalty cases in litigation before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission and the Federal courts; administers MSHA' s Special Investigations Program, which includes investigation of discrimination complaints filed under Section 105(c) of the Mine Act by miners, representatives of miners, or applicants for employment and investigation of knowing or willful violations under Section 110 of the Mine Act; manages MSHA' s enhanced enforcement strategies including the Pattern of Violations (POV) Program, which identifies mines exhibiting a potential POV for enhanced enforcement, use of injunctive authority, and impact inspections; and administers MSHA' s accountability program, which ensures enforcement policies and procedures are performed effectively and appropriately.

Contact Information

  • The Office of Assessments, Accountability, Special Enforcement and Investigations is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, and can be contacted on (202) 693-9700.

  • The Office of Assessments, Accountability, Special Enforcement and Investigations has its field office in Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania. This office may be reached at (570) 826-6431.

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  • More on The Office of Assessments, Accountability, Special Enforcement and Investigations

    The Office of Assessments, Accountability, Special Enforcement and Investigations consists of the following eight major components:

    1. Director's Office

    2. Assessments Center

    3. Civil Penalty Compliance Office

    4. Special Assessments

            — Special Assessment Guidelines
    5. Accountability Office

    6. Management Office

    7. Technical Compliance and Investigations Office

    8. Special Enforcement Analysis Branch

    There are two categories of civil penalty assessments:

  • Regular Formula Assessments,
  • and Special Assessments.
  • Some Useful Resources

    •   Current Civil Penalty Provisions (Effective April 23, 2007)

    This is an overview of changes to 30 CFR Part 100, Criteria and Procedures for Proposed Assessment of Civil Penalties that became effective on April 23, 2007.

    •   Citations and Orders - An Explanation

    •   History Of Previous Violations Part 100

    •   Pattern of Violations Single Source Page