Semiannual Report to Congress

April 1, 2010 – September 30, 2010
Office of the Inspector General

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Photo of ATF training burnsATF’s 5,000 employees enforce federal criminal laws and regulate 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, the Netherlands, Iraq, and El Salvador.


During this reporting period, the OIG received 243 complaints involving ATF personnel. The most common allegations made against ATF employees were waste; misuse of government property; theft; and job performance failure. The majority of the complaints were considered management issues and were provided to ATF for its review and appropriate action.

At the close of the reporting period, the OIG had 10 open criminal or administrative investigations of alleged misconduct related to ATF employees. The criminal investigations include waste, misuse of government property, and theft. The following are examples of cases involving ATF that the OIG’s Investigations Division handled during this reporting period:

Ongoing Work

ATF’s Project Gunrunner

The OIG is reviewing the implementation of Project Gunrunner, ATF’s national initiative to combat firearms trafficking to Mexico and associated violence along the Southwest border.

ATF’s Federal Firearms Licensee Inspection Program

The OIG is reviewing ATF’s federal firearms licensee inspection program. After an OIG review in 2004, ATF made a series of changes to that program and its administrative action process. This review is assessing the changes made to the program, ATF’s process for inspecting licensed firearms dealers, the process for referring suspected criminal violations, and how ATF institutes administrative actions on licensed dealers that violate federal firearms laws and regulations.

ATF’s National Response Team

The OIG is evaluating the use, management, and effectiveness of ATF’s National Response Team, which assists federal, state, and local investigators at the scenes of significant fire and explosives incidents.


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