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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

FY
03-15
Contact: Debbie S. Lewis
202-927-8500

For
Immediate Release
www.atf.gov
September
26, 2003

ATF
DEPLOYS NEW ELECTRONIC SYSTEM TO OBTAIN IMPORT
PERMITS FOR FIREARMS, AMMUNITION
AND IMPLEMENTS OF WAR
Measure Will Reduce Regulatory Burden
and Enhance National Security

WASHINGTON
-- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced today
that it has deployed eForm 6, a system that for the first time will allow defense
contractors and firearms importers to file applications for import permits electronically.

The
eForm 6 system is the second key e-government application launched this year.
The key industries that will use the new application are firearms importers, who
are required to apply for an import permit prior to bringing any firearms or firearm
parts into the United States, and defense contractors, who must also have permits
to import parts and sub-assemblies which are classified as "implements of
war." ATF received more than 15,000 applications for permits last year alone.

Marguerite
Moccia, ATF's Chief Information Officer, said, "We're very pleased to be
launching ATF's eForm 6 system. eForm 6 demonstrates the value of the e-government
strategy by not only reducing the regulatory burden on industry, but also enhancing
our national security through faster and more thorough analysis during the import
application review process."

With
the new system, importers can submit the ATF Form 6 electronically to ATF's Firearms
and Explosives Imports Branch (FEIB) for review and approval. Previously, the
Form 6 submission process was entirely paper-based and required importers to fill
out a form and mail it to ATF for processing. ATF then would mail back the import
permit for the importer to present to U.S. Customs at a port of entry. All paper
Form 6's were manually transcribed into the ATF's internal tracking system prior
to FEIB analysis, and all status inquiries had to be done by telephone.


In addition to providing an electronic method for submitting the Form 6 to ATF,
the new eForm 6 system also provides the following benefits:

  • Automated
    checks and validation of Form 6 information prior to submission;
  • Elimination
    of the need to mail the Form 6 to ATF;
  • Automated
    notification via e-mail of Form 6 receipt;
  • On-line
    status that is available 24 hours per day for both paper-filed and electronically
    filed applications; and
  • The
    ability to copy frequently used information from one Form 6 to another to reduce
    data entry.

eForm
6 was developed under a contract between ATF and Idea Integration, a Fairfax,
Va., software company specializing in web-based systems. Responding to the needs
of the firearms import industry to develop an electronic filing solution for import
permits, ATF hired Idea Integration in the fall of 2001, and collaborated with
industry throughout the project.

The
state-of-the-art eForm 6 electronic filing system is a fully compliant J2EE thin-client
application. The product leverages a 3-tier architecture using Enterprise Java
Beans (EJB) and the Jakarta Struts framework. eForm 6 is deployed on the Oracle
9i application server running JDK 1.3.1. Since much of the information transmitted
through eForm 6 is proprietary data, the system is secured by using 128-bit encryption
over a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) connection.

The
eForm 6 system is available to importers who register with ATF's Imports Branch.
To access the eForm 6 system, users may visit the ATF web site at www.atf.gov
or www.atfonline.gov/eforms6. The
site contains all of the instructions and forms necessary to become a registered
eForm 6 user.

 

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