Legislation was proposed last week in the House that would dissolve the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and have existing Justice Department agencies absorb its duties.
The legislation was proposed by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI).
"By absorbing the ATF into existing law enforcement entities, we can preserve the areas where the ATF adds value for substantially less taxpayer money," Sensenbrenner said. "While searching for its mission, the ATF has been plagued by decades of high-profile blunders....We cannot afford to ignore clear changes that will greatly enhance the government's efficiency."
Sensenbrenner cited a recently released Government Accountability Office (GAO) report (GAO-14-553) that found ATF has struggled in recent years with funding and hiring challenges and needed to enhance data collection to improve management of investigations as “the latest in a series of documents and studies going back more than two decades that are critical of the agency's overlap with other law enforcement.”