Audit of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' National Response Team   [open pdf - 929KB]

From the executive summary: "In 1978, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) established its National Response Team (NRT) to assist other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in determining the cause and origin of major arson and explosives incidents. Since its inception, the NRT has provided assistance in over 700 investigations, including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 1995 Oklahoma City federal building bombing, and the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. As of September 2010, the NRT consisted of 3 team leaders, 16 full-time members, and 112 part-time members from throughout ATF. An activated team normally consists of approximately 15 agents and attempts to arrive at a fire or explosion scene within 24 hours after receiving the initial request for assistance and stays at the site for 3 to 7 days. While on-scene, the NRT assists other federal, state, and local agencies in sifting through debris to obtain evidence related to the explosion or fire, identifying the seat of the blast or the origin of the fire, and conducting interviews. The NRT responded to 63 incidents between fiscal years (FY) 2007 and 2009. The objectives of this audit were to: (1) examine ATF's use of the NRT, including its effectiveness; and (2) examine the management of the NRT Program."

Report Number:
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Audit Report No. 11-09
Public Domain
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United States Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General: http://www.justice.gov/oig/
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