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Fact Sheet - Staffing and Budget

May, 2019
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Fast Facts

  1. In 1972, when ATF was established as its own agency, it had 3,829 employees, including 1,622 special agents and 826 industry operations investigators.  The agency’s budget was less than $74 million.

  2. In fiscal year 2018, ATF had 5,101 employees, including 2,630 special agents and 842 industry operations investigators.  The agency’s 2018 enacted budget was $1.274 billion.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is a law enforcement organization committed to safeguarding lives. ATF’s mission is to protect the public from crimes involving firearms, explosives, arson and the diversion of tobacco products; to regulate lawful commerce in firearms and explosives, and to provide support to law enforcement, public safety and industry partners.
 
In 1972, when ATF was established as its own agency, it had 3,829 employees, including 1,622 special agents and 826 industry operations investigators. Its budget was less than $74 million.
 
In fiscal year 2018, ATF had 5,101 employees, including 2,630 special agents and 842 industry operations investigators. Its 2018 enacted budget was $1.274 billion. 
 
FISCAL YEAR TOTAL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES SPECIAL AGENTS (Domestic and Foreign) INDUSTRY OPERATIONS INVESTIGATORS OTHER POSITIONS DIRECT BUDGET AUTHORITY ($000)
2001 5,039 2,317 961 1,761 771,143
2002 5,115 2,367 933 1,815 854,747
2003 4,702 2,350 646 1,706 913,114
2004 4,721 2,378 665 1,678 827,289
2005 4,878 2,441 754 1,683 878,465
2006 4,861 2,430 764 1,667 911,817
2007 4,850 2,473 752 1,625 984,097
2008 4,991 2,539 739 1,713 984,097
2009 5,060 2,552 755 1,753 1,027,814
2010 5,107 2,562 807 1,738 1,114,772
2011 5,016 2,524 820 1,672 1,112,542
2012 4,770 2,442 793 1,535 1,152,000
2013 4,714 2,395 794 1,525 1,071,350
2014 4,799 2,498 786 1,515 1,179,000
2015 5,026 2,618 811 1,597 1,201,000
2016 5,186 2,675 821 1,690 1,240,000
2017 5,113 2,623 828 1,662 1,258,600
2018 5,101 2,630 842 1,629 1,273,776

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