ATF IOIs Temporarily with the NFA Division are Not Hitting Target Metrics

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ATF Call: IOIs On Temporary Detail To The NFA Division Are Not Hitting Target Metrics

MARTINSBURG, WVA-( According to a leaked Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) leadership conference call obtained by AmmoLand News, Industry Operations Investigators (IOIs) that the ATF has assigned to a temporary detail with the National Firearms Act division have not been pulling their weight and are missing their target goals.

In regular times, the IOIs are responsible for visiting Federal Firearms License (FFL) holders and conducting industry inspections. These tasks include inspecting the FFL’s bound book to verify that firearms are correctly cataloged and transferred, checking that the dealers’ customers have correctly filled out the 4473 form and the dealer has processed it, answering FFLs questions about regulations, and making sure the FFLs are following all applicable firearms laws.

512,315 Nation Firearms Act Applications in 2020

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ATF has temporarily moved several at-risk IOIs who cannot work in the field to the NFA division to help process incoming NFA requests. 512,315 plus in 2020, according to ATF recent documents. The ATF leadership is not happy with these employee’s performance on their detail. The top brass at the bureau plans to have a conference call with the IOIs assigned to the NFA division detail to reinforce what they expect from ATF employees working in the division. The ATF leadership didn’t lay out the target metrics and how much the IOIs were missing these metrics.

The ATF leadership expects some or all of the IOIs to request a transfer after the conference call. The ATF leadership did not share the number of IOIs currently on the temporary detail with the NFA Division. While these inspectors are on assignment with the NFA division, the number of industry inspections has plummeted. To combat the lack of assessments made by current IOIs, the ATF will be hiring nearly 100 more IOIs to help do the ATF employees’ work that cannot or will not work in the field because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The call’s leadership did not give a timeline for hiring the new IOIs but stated that the human resources department has already approved the requisition request. The leadership requested that hiring managers clearly detail the reason for passing on any candidate.

The leadership is worried that someone will ask for the reasons for the rejections through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. AmmoLand News spoke with a few attorneys who deal with FOIA requests, and they believe that this information would not be FOIAable due to personel privacy concerns.

The conference call didn’t make it clear to where the ATF will reassign these at-risk employees. Some believe that the inspectors will want to take a temporary detail in a division that isn’t as visible as the NFA division. The ATF administration does not think that the IOIs on the detail will be able to return to the field for the foreseeable future due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The ATF leadership on the call also did not state if the NFA division positions left vacant by the IOIs that request a new temporary assignment will be backfilled or just left empty. Nor did they mention an improved plan to process and/or speed up approvals for the flood of NFA applications the agency is receiving from U.S. citizens. AmmoLand News is firing off several FOIA requests to try to fill in the gaps about the NFA division.

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Plenty of fresh illegal invaders to take those jobs.


My tranny works every time I put it in drive and head down the street or back up.

Freedom EAGLE

Gentlemen, Gentlemen, Gentlemen, now let’s not all get our panties in a bunch here LOL and remember we’re all working towards the same goal here, (or at least I hope we are) and that’s to keeand maintain our 2A rights. I’ll grant you the SOCIALACRATS are going to make it even tougher now that. Sleepy Uncle Joe is in office, which in my humble opinion was nothing more than a ploy to put the EX lady for hire (if you check out some of Joe’s earlier campain fundraising event photos which I didn’t believe until I saw them myself) in… Read more »


The question I have is this:
When will the IRS’ illegally created ATF BUREAUCRACY be ABORTED, REMOVED, BANNED, DEFUNDED and relegated to the DUST BINS of history?

Dave in Fairfax

LB, A while back Wild Bill passed this on for me to post, about Christmas of last year. It explains the formation of the BATFE. I’ll post it again. Who or What is the BATF? by Dan Meador. B.A.T.F. from I.R.S. On June 6, 1972 Acting Secretary of the Treasury, Charles E. Walker signed Treasury Order Number 120-01 which establishes the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. He did this with the stroke of his PEN citing, “by virtue of the authority vested in me as Secretary of the Treasury, including the authority in Reorganization Plan No. 26 of 1950.”… Read more »


Constitution? What Constitution? They have been ignoring it since at least the presidency of our first dictator president, the vaunted Abraham Lincoln. So SURPRISE, SURPRISE…they are ignoring it AGAIN. Have been ignoring it and will continue to ignore it.

Dave in Fairfax


You can look back further than that.
Justice Storey reassured Hamilton that the Constitution was written by men and could be re-written by them. The Republic wasn’t even out of diapers and we had activist Justices working to undermine it.


I would argue that this is why the growing of hemp back East was such a popular agricultural product: for the making of quality rope.

Cheers from the oil patch in Central Wyoming

Dave in Fairfax


The Fed planted it all over MI back in WWII for that very reason. I remember a reporter back in the late 60s-early 70s driving along I-94 between two cities and filling a few garbage bags full of it from the side of the highway to prove the idiocy of trying to keep people from growing it. They didn’t need to grow it, it was EVERYWHERE.


Dave – sounds to me like (in)justice storey ‘conveniently’ ignored the fact that the framers of the Constitution realized that they were indeed fallible and had the wisdom to provide a mechanism to change that tattered old piece of parchment IF needed. That would of course be the amendment process – and that process has still been wrong a few times. Small wonder that the ‘progressives’ keep pushing the ‘interpretation’ meme – that way they can claim it says whatever they want.


Okay, Dave in Fairfax I’ll bite. Since what you just laid out seems to be an open and shut case for the illegality of the formation of batfe, why have none of the super smart, articulate, and well-funded ambulance chasers, pardon me lawyers, filed a federal class action suit for immediate judicial review concerning the status, legal status that is, of the batfe? This seems to be a no-brainer does it not? Should the organization not be legally constituted, not legally staffed with personnel in the proper protocols, and illegally funded since you cannot legally fund an illegally founded organization,… Read more »

Dave in Fairfax


Yer axing the wrong guy. I’m not a lawyer, but usually they don’t do anything that doesn’t benefit them. Unless someone with really deep pockets makes it worth their while, I don’t see them doing out of the goodness of their hearts.

Last edited 1 year ago by Dave in Fairfax

I can hear it now in a private meeting behind closed doors. How many people have been written up for not performing their jobs correctly. What? No one has been written up? Who do we want to get rid of. Ok, write them up. We need some heads to roll so we can show we are doing our jobs and it’s not managements fault. The next week: Why hasn’t more people been written up. Oh, because they are performing their jobs to the best of their ability and can’t be expected to perform beyond set parameters that have been accepted… Read more »


Aka the chinazene scamdemic.. Many of the bug bombs/illegal aliens are again flooding our border thanks to illegit joe biteme.

Oh yes Thinker to your comment, not just bug bombs, but job thieves also to include the recent Iranian incursion on our border again thanks to illegit, lying, treasonous joe.

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Great job for second amendment foundation people stop the snoops from within




What happens when two or more of those rich old men show up at your home at the same time? Do they share and split your fee or do you have the unexpected ones “take a number and have a seat”?


This is the first GOOD NEWS I’ve seen about the WuFlu yet. ATF agents so scared of their own twisted shadows they’re afraid to walk into an FFL’s store and sit down for a spell, pore over his Bound Book, maybe even try and sneak a scanner out of his pocket to record whole pages (an illegal act) while he thinks no one is watching him. All because of an alledged virus no one has yet isolated, and which has in infection rate and infectious death rate lower than the annual flu bugs they’ve got vaccines for that sort of… Read more »


For our community to keep our credibility we need to know our facts and stick to them. Normal flu kills 30k to 60k a year in this country. Wuhan Flu killed about 400k last year so yes, it is more deadly. The virus WAS isolated in short order which is how, with the help of Trump’s Operation Warp Speed, vaccines were developed and trials under way in only half a year. The good news isn’t fewer harassing visits to FFLs but that BATFE was actually making an effort to reduce the NFA approval backlog. (Don’t misinterpret this as me supporting… Read more »

Ansel Hazen

But I do interpret your post as being another fool who has bought into the covid hoax. 400 thousand people did not die of the WuFlu last year. Estimates put the falsification of records regarding cause of death at over 80%.

Ej harbet

I roll with ansel on this! Fake numbers.
Then fake election
Fake president who thinks were going to just comply with fake laws made by a fake congress. They can fake off


You mean you count these deaths? People killed in car crashes? People who died of ladder incidents? People who had hear attacks? People who died of OLD AGE? People who died of cancer? 400,000 world wide? Or people who died in your neighborhood?(Mass., Or., Ba., Washington State or District of CORRUPTION?

Ej harbet

After domestic enemies stole control of our federal government how many folks decided against even bothering to file forms to aquire a nfa item?
Whos spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars and the transfer tax thinking that in a few months they’ll get approved and pickup their purchase?
I was strongly considering a 9mm suppressor but im not risking my money.
We’re in the interesting period before we become chained like a dog or have a 1861 style party. Nfa? Ha


A woman on social media identifying herself as Williams’ mother posted a similar message, saying, “My son did not go into that gun range shooting!”
The message added: “Joshua … was fired at by … employees of the gun range and other folks in the gun range! He was murdered! (Rest in peace) my love, you will be forever in my heart!”


Theory: low impulse control and felt disrespected.


It has been my experience that many, certainly not all, “Blacks” that happen to have lighter colored skin than average have a hard time understanding that their lighter pigmentation does not necessarily endear them more to all other people, Black or White. I have seen this many many times. The shooter appears to be of the lighter persuasion. May have nothing to do with this at all but it has been something that I have observed. Perhaps a case of expectations not meeting reality resulting in ire.


I would like to know everything about the perps. I would like their whole life story told four times a day on all the news networks.

That’s not going to happen.


Apparently only one “perp” and he is dead. I am as curious as can be about the why of it.


Unless it’s an outlier, his background is predictable. High probability he should have been in jail for other matters at the time of this crime.

Ej harbet

Video of it clears the gun store employees and patrons or arrests would already have happened