Although other federal agencies, such as the IRS and the EPA, have administrative subpoena authority, the U.S. Marshals Service currently does not.
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions (R) introduced the Finding Fugitive Sex Offenders Act in March of 2011 to correct the disparity and give the law enforcement agency the tools it needs to track down dangerous fugitives.
Sessions' legislation, which was bipartisan and had 21 cosponsors, was included as part of the bipartisan Child Protection Act, introduced by Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).
Tuesday, Sessions confirmed that Congress has moved to adopt his measure to help law enforcement track down fugitive sex offenders.
"I am pleased to see my proposal finally pass, and grateful to Senators Cornyn and Blumenthal for including it in the Child Protection Act. I introduced the Finding Fugitive Sex Offenders Act in order to help the U.S. Marshals Service track down sex offenders who fail to register as required by law and attempt to evade detection," Sessions said.
"Speed is critical in child abduction cases. These investigations are often fast-moving, and I believe this law will prove to be a useful tool to help law enforcement find missing children."
Sessions found it curious that while many investigative agencies already have the authority not given to the Marshals Service.
"Now the Marshals Service can more easily track these offenders in real time across multiple jurisdictions and hopefully stop future crimes before they occur."
INFORMATION SOURCE: Senator Jeff Session's office