Becoming an Industry Operations Investigator

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Industry Operations Investigators.

Industry operations investigators are the backbone of the ATF regulatory mission. Their work is primarily investigative and routinely involves contact with, and interviews of, individuals from all walks of life and all levels of industry and government. Investigations and inspections pertain to the industries and persons regulated by ATF (e.g., firearms and explosives users, dealers, importers, exporters, manufacturers, wholesalers, etc.); and are under the jurisdiction of the Gun Control Act, National Firearms Act, Arms Export Control Act, Organized Crime Control Act of 1970 and other Federal firearms and explosives laws and regulations.

Major duties include:

  • Conducting investigations and inspections designed to carry out the Federal government's regulatory responsibilities pertaining to the firearms and explosives industries. Identifying evidence of falsification of records, inventories and document discrepancies through the analysis and examination of records, documents, and reports. Referring violations to special agents for further action.
  • Determining if persons desiring to enter business in the regulated industries meet established legal requirements for obtaining a federal permit or license. Conducting interviews, inspecting buildings, and performing routine background investigations to determine suitability. Preparing reports detailing results of investigations and inspections, and recommending further action when necessary.
  • Utilizing knowledge of the Federal and state laws involving commerce in alcohol and tobacco, providing assistance to senior industry operations investigators, who are working with special agents on alcohol and tobacco diversion investigations. Verifying inventories and utilizing intelligence data to analyze records and examining business operations.
  • Participating in conferences and discussions with Bureau officials concerning investigations and inspections. Developing presentations for industry associations and the public.

Conditions of Employment

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Applicant must be eligible for Federal employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.
  • Applicant must possess a current and valid automobile operator's license.
  • Applicant must be physically able to handle the requirements of the position.
  • This position may require overnight travel 11 or more nights per month.
  • Applicants will not be reimbursed for relocation expenses, unless currently an ATF employee.
  • Applicant must take and pass a drug test.
  • Applicant must successfully complete a background investigation for a top secret clearance.


Questions about becoming an IOI should be directed to: Special Agent / Industry Operations Investigator Staffing Branch at (202) 648-9100.

Last Reviewed March 28, 2017