Budget & Performance

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Staffing and Budget

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is a world-class law enforcement organization committed to safeguarding lives by protecting the public from violent crime. ATF protects the public from crimes involving firearms, explosives, arson, and the diversion of tobacco products; regulates lawful commerce in firearms and explosives; and provides worldwide support to law enforcement, public safety, and industry partners.

In fiscal year (FY) 2022, ATF had 5,099 employees, including 2,586 special agents and 816 industry operations investigators. Its FY 2022 enacted budget was approximately $1.4 billion.

Facts and Figures for FY 2022

Congressional Budget Submissions

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ATF Strategic Plan FY 2024 - 2028 

ATF Strategic Plan FY 2024-2028

Our Mission

ATF Strategic Plan One-PagerTo conduct investigations utilizing our unique expertise, partnerships, and intelligence to enhance public safety by enforcing the laws and regulations and uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.

Our Vision

A leader in the Nation’s fight to disrupt violent crime for safer communities.

Our Values

We pledge an unwavering professional and organizational commitment to:

  • Commit to the health, safety, and well-being of our workforce.
  • Champion diversity, equality, inclusion, and collaboration.
  • Maintain open communication, transparency, and accountability with the communities we serve.
  • Manage our resources efficiently and effectively.
  • Remain agile through continuous learning and self-improvement.
  • Treat everyone with respect and dignity.
  • Uphold the highest levels of integrity and professionalism.


Strategic Goals and Objectives


Strategic Goal 1: Achieve Operational Excellence and Agility

Strategic Objective: Fully integrate intelligence and investigative work to meet the needs of current and future violent crime trends.

  1. Create and cultivate an ATF culture that focuses on maximum impact on fighting violent crime by embracing data-driven, intelligence-led enforcement and regulatory activities.
  2. Maximize research, cooperation, and innovation to identify emerging trends and new technologies involving violent crime and the regulated industry.
  3. Expand the National Crime Gun Intelligence Center of Excellence.
  4. Expand the use of Crime Gun Intelligence tools.

Strategic Goal 2: Foster a Responsive Workforce That Is Future-focused

Strategic Objective: Maintain a high-performing inclusive culture that is knowledgeable of teamwork, drives the most creative and effective solutions, and meets the needs of the communities and stakeholders we serve.

  1. Conduct comprehensive workforce planning by institutionalizing an enterprise-wide staffing strategy that can meet changes in external and internal demands.
  2. Expand ATF’s capacity to efficiently recruit, retain, and place a diverse and qualified workforce that represents the public we serve.
  3. Evolve a supportive culture that is inclusive of diverse thoughts, backgrounds, ideas, and shares institutional knowledge.
  4. Improve succession planning and organizational consistency.
  5. Ensure compensation and performance systems set fair and clear expectations for the employee evaluation and promotion process.

Strategic Goal 3: Drive Effective Organizational Communication

Strategic Objective: Improve internal and external stakeholder communication through a user-centered design to drive mission awareness and promote knowledge management and sharing of resources, capabilities, and initiatives.

  1. Standardize and improve internal communication for efficient and effective information sharing.
  2. Standardize and expand external communication and transparency to promote information sharing and facilitate engagement.
  3. Engage legislators and policy makers on laws and regulations enforced by ATF with an emphasis concerning current and emerging gun violence and firearms trafficking.

Strategic Goal 4: Optimize the Business Environment

Strategic Objective: Leverage innovative technologies, tools, and procedures to optimize and digitally transform the business environment to improve how ATF operates.

  1. Decrease processing times to accelerate ATF service delivery.
  2. Optimize ATF-wide data and technology modernization, process reengineering, user-focused applications, and trend analysis to further our mission.
  3. Use consistent data governance across systems.
  4. Integrate processes to ensure accountability, track progress on projects in real time, decrease redundancies, and arrive at actionable intelligence.
Last Reviewed March 5, 2024