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Posted: 9/22/2002 3:07:17 PM EDT
The Washington Post reported September 11 that the Bush White House is resurrecting an often-debated issue of transferring all or part of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF) from the Treasury Dept. to the Justice Dept. as part of the administration’s overall realigning of the federal government’s law enforcement operations. Possible additional transfers include moving two other Treasury agencies – U.S. Customs and the Secret Service – to the proposed Dept. of Homeland Security. Over the years, various administrations have considered reassigning ATF to other agencies. Much of the debate has historically focused on how best to handle the Bureau’s two branches: its criminal law enforcement arm, responsible for enforcing the nation’s firearms and explosives laws, and its regulatory division responsible for overseeing the alcohol, tobacco and firearms industries
Link Posted: 9/22/2002 3:22:13 PM EDT
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