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 Frontline's implementation, application, and effectiveness in meeting ATF goals and objectives.

DOJ's Compliance with the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, as amended by the DATA Act of 2014

The OIG is examining DOJ's compliance with reporting requirements under the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, as amended by the DATA Act. Through memorandum M-15-12, Increasing Transparency of Federal Spending by Making Federal Spending Data Accessible, Searchable, and Reliable, the Office of Management and Budget provided guidance to federal agencies on the requirements that agencies must employ pursuant to the DATA Act. The OIG will review a statistically valid sampling of the fiscal year 2019 spending data submitted, and submit to Congress and make publicly available a report assessing the completeness, timeliness, quality, and accuracy of the data sampled.

Gender Equity in the Department of Justice's Law Enforcement Components

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

Review of Department of Justice's Implementation of the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013

We will review the Department of Justice's actions to implement the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013 since the law's enactment in December 2014.

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.

Sponsorship of Foreign Nationals for Law Enforcement Purposes

The OIG is conducting an audit of DOJ's sponsorship of foreign nationals for law enforcement purposes. The objectives are to evaluate: (1) the Criminal Division’s management of foreign national sponsorship activities, including its policies and procedures for reviewing and processing requests to sponsor foreign nationals; (2) Department law enforcement and prosecuting components’ handling of sponsored foreign nationals and related activity; and (3) Department components’ coordination on foreign national sponsorship-related activities.

Updated: April 2018