The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosivesí and Federal
Bureau of Investigationís Arson and Explosives Intelligence Databases

Audit Report 05-01
October 2004
Office of the Inspector General


Appendix VII

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosivesí
Response to the Draft Audit Report

The text in this Appendix was prepared by the auditee and uncorrected by the OIG.


  U.S. Department of Justice
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Office of the Director
Washington, DC 20226

SEP 27, 2004



MEMORANDUM TO:   Assistant Inspector General for Audit
 
FROM:   Director
 
SUBJECT:   Response to the Office of Inspector General's (OIG) Draft Audit Report-The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' and Federal Bureau of Investigation's Arson and Explosives Intelligence Databases
 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) appreciates the opportunity to respond to the recommendation from the OIG's above-cited draft report. Our response to your recommendation is as follows:

Recommendation #2: Ensure that "Bomb Arson Tracking System" (BATS)" users adhere to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and require that data used to populate the BATS database involve only arson and the suspected misuse of explosives.

Response: ATF has established an MOU with all BATS users that requires adherence to set standards. Additionally, ATF has provided all users with a behavior guide which sets standards on how to populate the database with arson incidents and suspected misuse of explosives. Furthermore, ATF will periodically take a statistically significant random sampling of the data contained within BATS and check for adherence to the requirements set out in the MOU.

If you have any questions regarding this response, please contact Ms. Carol Campbell, Audit Liaison, Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations, on (202) 927-8276.

              Carl J. Truscott