Explosives Investigation Coordination between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives   [open pdf - 4MB]

"The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) share jurisdiction for investigating federal explosives crimes. Despite attempts at coordination and division of jurisdiction, these components have historically developed separate and often conflicting approaches to explosives investigations and related activities such as explosives training, information sharing, and forensic analysis. This Office of the Inspector General (OIG) audit examined the Department of Justice (DOJ) oversight and the FBI's and ATF's operations of explosives-related activities from fiscal year (FY) 2003 through April 2009. The objective of this review was to evaluate the level of coordination between the FBI and ATF in explosive investigations, including the effectiveness of explosive incident protocols to determine lead agency jurisdiction, the extent of information sharing and consolidation of explosives data, the degree of training coordination, and the use of laboratory resources for explosives analysis. We conducted interviews with over 100 ATF and FBI employees, including personnel from both components' headquarters and in 8 locations with both ATF and FBI field divisions or offices."

Report Number:
Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General, Audit Report 10-01
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United States Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General: http://www.usdoj.gov/oig/
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