Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

Ongoing Work

ATF's Controls over Agent Cashier Funds

The OIG is conducting an audit of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' (ATF) Controls over Agent Cashier Funds. ATF field divisions use agent cashier funds to facilitate the purchase of evidence, procurement of services, and payment for information related to criminal investigations. The preliminary objectives are to assess whether: (1) policies and procedures effectively mitigate the risk of fraud, waste, and abuse in the agent cashier fund, (2) field divisions comply with these policies and procedures, (3) agent cashier funds have been accounted for appropriately, and (4) ATF headquarters and field division management are providing appropriate oversight of the agent cashier fund expenditures.

ATF’s Implementation of the Frontline Initiative

The OIG is reviewing the implementation of ATF’s Frontline initiative since it was launched in 2012. ATF established Frontline to standardize the development and execution of agency-wide regulatory and investigative priorities while ensuring that limited resources are effectively focused to accomplish these goals. The OIG's review will examine ATF Frontline operations to assess how ATF identifies and prioritizes problems, distributes resources, and measures outcomes against ATF goals and objectives.

ATF Weapons and Munitions

The OIG is conducting an audit of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' (ATF) weapons and munitions. The preliminary objectives are to evaluate: (1) ATF's controls over weapons and munitions, (2) ATF Office compliance with policies governing weapons and munitions, and (3) the accuracy of ATF's weapons and munitions inventory.

Review of Gender Equity in the Department of Justice Law Enforcement Components

The OIG is examining gender equity in DOJ’s law enforcement components, specifically ATF, DEA, FBI, and USMS. The review will include an examination of component demographics and staff data related to promotions, awards, and gender discrimination complaints. The OIG will also assess staff perceptions related to gender equity and analyze the reasons for those perceptions.

Sole Source Small Business Contracts

The OIG is conducting an audit of the ATF's awarding of small business contracts using sole source justifications. With regard to these contracts, the preliminary objectives are to assess the ATF's: (1) processes for soliciting small businesses for contract opportunities; (2) procedures and decisions for the selection and subsequent award of contract opportunities to small businesses; and (3) oversight of small business sole source awards.

Updated: September 2017