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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

ATF News
Immediate Release
Sheree L. Mixell
12, 1999

Receives Highest Rating for Fourth Consecutive Year

Washington - The Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has received the highest rating,
an "unqualified opinion", on its FY-98, Statement of Financial
Position from the Department of Treasury’s Office of Inspector General
(OIG), for the fourth consecutive year.

For the past several
months, the audit firm of PriceWaterhouse Coopers has evaluated the key
aspects of how ATF accounts for funds that flow in and out of the Bureau.
As a result of their audit, ATF received the highest assessment of its
financial accounting.

Inspector General
David Williams praised ATF’s excellent cooperation with the auditors and
praised ATF for setting the standard for other Treasury agencies to follow.
According to William Earle, Assistant Director of ATF’s Office of Management,
"the success is the result of an entire year of hard work and attention
to detail by every employee of the bureau, but most especially those personnel
who tend to financial matters". AD Earle adds that: "ATF’s success
is truly a partnership of employees with expertise in program and administrative
areas working exceptionally well together toward a common goal".

This marks the fourth
consecutive year ATF has received the highest rating possible.

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