Activities of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms: Testimony
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC GENERAL GOVERNMENT DIV
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Faced with a relatively stable level of compliance staffing during a period of increasing responsibilities, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, nad Firearms BATF has had to make trade-offs in deciding how best to use its resources. Over the past few years, BATFs law enforcement and compliance responsibilities have grown. At the same time, its staffing levels, especially in the compliance area, have remained relatively stable. Faced with that set of circumstances, BATF has had to make trade-offs as it decides how to best use its resource. One result of those trade-offs has been a reduction in BATFs presence in the alcohol industry--a reduction that concerns us because of its potential implications for tax compliance. Our testimony and report discuss various actions, such as increasing the accounting expertise of BATFs inspectors, that we thick could be taken to improve BATFs efficiency and minimize the detrimental effects of trade-offs. Improved efficiency may be even more critical considering the reductions being proposed for BATFs in the administrations fiscal year 1992 budget.
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