Fiscal year 1998 (FY98) saw a strong record of enforcement and compliance assurance activity, close to the previous years record level of achievements. Some categories of activity such as inspections, administrative penalty order complaints, and numbers of criminal cases initiated logged a substantial increase. The numbers of civil cases settled or referred, on the other hand, recorded slight declines. Compliance assistance activity is tracked less formally than enforcement, but also recorded significant accomplishments in FY98. Following are highlights of the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurances (OECA) activities and accomplishments.