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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

ATF News
For Immediate Release:
Jeff Roehm
28, 1999


Director John W. Magaw
will be retiring from his post as head of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), effective December 31, 1999. His letter of
resignation was submitted to the Secretary of the Treasury today.

Director Magaw’s law
enforcement career began 39 years ago, when he became a trooper with the
Ohio State Patrol. In 1967, he became a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret
Service, rising through numerous executive-level positions -- including
head of all protective operations for former President George Bush --
to Director of the Secret Service, a position he held until October 1993
when he was reassigned to be ATF’s director at the request of then-Secretary
of the Treasury Lloyd Bensten.

During his tenure
at ATF, Director Magaw initiated numerous organizational and policy changes
that made ATF a more diversified and efficient law enforcement agency.

Under Director Magaw’s
leadership, ATF participated in several high-profile investigations, including
the Oklahoma City Bombing, the crash of TWA Flight 800, the bombing at
the 1996 Olympics, and the National Church Arson Task Force. At the same
time, ATF’s role in implementing the Brady Law, the Youth Crime Gun Interdiction
Initiative, and the work of its National Tracing Center, along with several
other programs targeting firearms violations, such as the Integrated Violence
Reduction Strategy, have had a direct impact on reducing gun crimes in
the United States.

Director Magaw implemented
a restructuring of all of ATF that integrated regulatory and law enforcement
elements. The restructuring eliminated duplicate reporting structures
and fostered closer working relationships. The National Revenue Center
in Cincinnati, Ohio, was also established under his leadership, resulting
in the consolidation of five ATF technical offices.

Director Magaw took
the lead in implementing a comprehensive strategic plan as required by
the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). Today, the ATF
Strategic Plan is being used as a model in both the public and private
sectors. In its 1998 "Report on Managing for Results," the General
Accounting Office (GAO) cites ATF as one of the few agencies which has
successfully made the critical linkage between performance plans and the
agency’s budget. In fact, this past spring, under Director Magaw’s leadership,
ATF received its fourth "Unqualified Audit Opinion" – the highest
possible rating given by the Treasury Inspector General, which contracted
with the private accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers to do the audits
for GPRA compliance.

Increased emphasis
on training, science and technology were among the top priorities on Director
Magaw’s agenda. Under his direction, ATF adopted the seat management approach
to computer equipment acquisition. Instead of purchasing computer equipment,
ATF now negotiates three-year rental agreements. In addition to being
more efficient and economical, this approach provides ATF with better
and more frequent access to state-of-the-art computer hardware and software.

Another pioneer
program implemented at ATF under Director Magaw’s tenure is a two-year
initiative by the Department of the Treasury designed to retain current
employees and attract new ones with mission-critical skills in the area
of science, technology or analysis. Employees who qualify may receive
additional salary.

During Magaw’s tenure,
the ATF K-9 facility in Front Royal, Virginia, was built and the National
Tracing Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia, will be moving soon into
a larger facility nearby that will have expanded capabilities. Plans also
are underway to construct two other facilities, including a new headquarters
building in Washington, D.C., and the National Lab and Fire Research Center
in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Director Magaw
is a graduate of Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, and serves on
the Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the International Association
of Chiefs of Police and serves on the Association’s Executive Committee
as well as its Advisory Committee for International Policy. He also serves
as the Chairperson for the National Law Enforcement Explorers Committee
of the Boy Scouts of America.

He is the recipient
of numerous other awards and commendations, including Presidential Rank
Meritorious Award in 1991 and 1998, and the Presidential Rank Distinguished
Award in 1995.