Semiannual Report to Congress

October 1, 2008 – March 31, 2009
Office of the Inspector General

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
ATF logo ATF’s 5,000 employees perform the dual responsibilities of enforcing federal criminal laws and regulating the firearms and explosives industries. ATF investigates violent crimes involving firearms and explosives, acts of arson, and illegal trafficking of alcohol and tobacco products. ATF also provides training and support to its federal, state, local, and international law enforcement partners and works in 25 field divisions with representation throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. Foreign offices are located in Mexico, Canada, Colombia, and representatives in France.


During this reporting period, the OIG received 202 complaints involving ATF. The most common allegations made against ATF employees were waste, misuse of government property, and theft. The OIG opened three cases and referred other allegations to ATF’s OPR for its review.

At the close of the reporting period, the OIG had six open criminal or administrative investigations of alleged misconduct related to ATF employees. The criminal investigations included release of information, denial of rights or due process, drug trafficking, and fraud. The administrative investigations involved serious allegations of misconduct. The following are examples of cases involving ATF that the OIG’s Investigations Division handled during this reporting period:

Ongoing Work

ATF’s Alcohol and Tobacco Diversion Program

The OIG is reviewing ATF activities that address the domestic and international diversion of alcohol and tobacco products from legitimate commerce.

ATF’s Project Gunrunner

The OIG is reviewing the effectiveness of ATF’s Project Gunrunner, an anti-firearms-trafficking initiative along the southwest border.


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