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Fact Sheet - Staffing and Budget

May, 2018
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Fast Facts

  1. In 1973, 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 2017, ATF had 5,113 employees, including 2,623 special agents and 828 industry operations investigators.  The agency’s 2017 enacted budget was $1.258 billion.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is a law enforcement organization committed to safeguarding lives. ATF protects the public from crimes involving firearms, explosives, arson and the diversion of tobacco products, regulates lawful commerce in firearms and explosives, and provides worldwide support to law enforcement, public safety and industry partners.

 

The mission of ATF is to protect communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products.

 

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 2017, ATF had 5,113 employees, including 2,623 special agents and 828 industry operations investigators. Its 2017 enacted budget was $1.258 billion. 

 

FISCAL YEAR TOTAL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES SPECIAL AGENTS (Domestic and Foreign) INDUSTRY OPERATION 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

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