ATF

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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Strategic Plan — Fiscal Years 2010–2016


ATF Vision

We Are ATF — A dedicated team securing America’s future by accomplishing a critical mission today.
We Protect America.
We Protect Your Community.


ATF Mission

We are ATF.
A unique law enforcement agency in the United States Department of Justice that protects our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products.
We partner with communities, industries, law enforcement, and public safety agencies to safeguard the public we serve through information sharing, training, research, and use of technology.


ATF Values

We value our people and those we serve.
We value professionalism, integrity, diversity, commitment, innovation, and excellence.
We value partnerships that promote the safety of our communities.


Message from the Office of the Director

I am pleased to present ATF’s Strategic Plan for FY 2010 – FY 2016, which provides broad direction to guide our organization for the next six years. It is our blueprint for the future and articulates how ATF will focus its resources to combat and reduce violent crime and meet future challenges.

ATF is dedicated to protecting our Nation from the illicit use of firearms and explosives in violent crime and acts of terrorism. ATF protects our communities from violent criminals and criminal organizations by investigating and preventing the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and improper storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products.

ATF is at the frontline in the reduction of violent crime. Combating violent crime is our specialty, our niche. ATF’s regulatory and enforcement missions are interwoven, providing a comprehensive approach to reducing violent crime, protecting the public, and protecting national security. The integrated efforts of our special agents, industry operations investigators, attorneys, scientists, technical experts, forensic auditors, and administrative professionals allow ATF to effectively identify, investigate, and recommend for prosecution violators of the Federal firearms and explosives laws and ensure that licensees and permittees are operating within established laws and regulations. External partnerships with other Federal, state, local, tribal and international law enforcement entities further enhance this synergy.

Our Strategic Plan defines four mission activities and two management activities as strategic goals. The mission goals in illegal firearms trafficking, explosives, criminal organizations, and fire/arson reflect our core areas of expertise, which we consistently work to strengthen. The management goals — managing our workforce and modernizing our organization — will support our mission and ensure its successful accomplishment.

ATF is committed to a strategic management framework to promote continuous assessment and improvement. The framework focuses on strategic planning, budgeting, performance measurement, and Bureau operations.

Our commitment to the security and safety of the people we serve has never been stronger. I am proud to lead this remarkable organization.

Signature of Kenneth E. Melson

Kenneth E. Melson
Deputy Director,
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives