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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate

Contact: Debbie Lewis


30, 2003

FY 03-13

Deploy First Electronic Government Filing System

- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and
the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) have deployed COLAs
Online, the first completely paperless, electronic system for filing
Certificates of Label Approval (COLAs) for alcohol beverage products.

new web-based system will enhance customer service, and allow for completely
paperless filing and processing of more than 90,000 COLAs received each
year by the Treasury Department's TTB.

Online was developed under a contract between ATF and Idea Integration,
a Fairfax, Va., software company specializing in web-based systems.
Responding to the needs of the alcohol beverage industry to develop
an electronic filing solution for COLAs, ATF hired Idea Integration
in the summer of 2001, and collaborated with the regulated industry
throughout the project.

Moccia, ATF's Chief Information Officer, said, "We're very proud
of this accomplishment. COLAs Online reflects ATF's most technically
complex undertaking. The challenges we overcame with this effort helped
pave the way for several other e-Gov applications that will be deployed
later this year."

Administrator Arthur J. Libertucci commented, "We are excited about
the development of this new electronic filing system. It not only represents
the work of a lot of dedicated people over the last two years, but it
is in keeping with our commitment to provide quality customer service
while reducing the amount of paperwork required of our customers."

state-of-the-art electronic filing system is a fully compliant J2EE
thin-client application. The product leverages a 3-tier architecture
using Enterprise Java Beans (EJB) and the Jakarta Struts framework.
COLAs Online is deployed on the Oracle 9i application server running
JDK 1.3.1. Since much of the information transmitted through
Online is proprietary data, the system is secured by using 128-bit encryption
over an Secure Socket Layer (SSL) connection.

COLA submission, whether filed on paper or electronically, must be accompanied
by a graphic representation of the actual label that will be affixed
to the beverage container. COLAs Online accepts the label graphic images
as attached jpeg files.

of the system must register with TTB to obtain user ID's and passwords.
To access the COLAs Online system, users may visit the TTB web site
at or
The site contains all of the instructions and forms necessary to become
a registered COLAs Online user.


The Homeland Security Act split the functions of the Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) into two agencies. The alcohol
and tobacco regulatory and revenue collection functions were incorporated
into the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) as a new agency
within the Treasury Department. The arson, firearms, explosives and
alcohol and tobacco diversion functions moved to the Department of Justice
under the newly named Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives