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W. Larry Ford New Head of Chicago’s ATF

W. Larry Ford

By Allan Lengel

W. Larry Ford, a 28-year veteran of ATF, has been named the head of the agency’s Chicago division

Ford. who had been in Chicago before, most recently served as the Assistant Director of ATF’s Office of Field Operations and oversaw a staff of over 3,000 special agents, industry operations investigators and professionals.

Prior to that, he was the Assistant Director of the Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information. From December 2004 to August 2010, Ford was the Assistant Director of the Office of Public and Governmental Affairs.

“I am thrilled to return to the Chicago Field Division and have the opportunity to reunite with some of the best investigators in ATF and the finest federal, state, local, industry and community partners in combating violent crime,” Ford said in a statement.


ABC Crime Drama to Feature Character Who is an ATF Agent

By Allan Lengel

A crime drama about an ATF agent is in the making.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that writer John Hlavin has sold to ABC a show “Shelter”  about “an ATF Agent whose real working-class Chicago life collides with his flashy Los Angeles cover when his wife is exposed to his criminal world, trapping them both undercover.”

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Senior ATF Official Accused of Collecting Pay From Private Sector Pay While On Leave

Steve Neavling

 A top official of the ATF who was involved in the controversial gun operation “Fast and Furious” is working full time for investment bank J.P. Morgan while also collecting a government salary, according to two Republican lawmakers, Sari Horwitz of the Washington Post  reports.

Deputy Assistant ATF Director William McMahon has been receiving two salaries simultaneously, two Republican senators wrote in a letter to acting ATF director, B. Todd Jones.

What’s worse, they said, ATF was allowing McMahon to remain on leave and stay on the payroll for another four or five months to become eligible for retirement, according to the Post.

“ATF has essentially facilitated McMahon’s early retirement and ability to double dip for nearly half a year by receiving two full-time paychecks — one from the taxpayer and one from the private sector,” wrote Sen. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa).


ATF Reinventing Itself After Reputation Damage

Todd Jones

By Evan Perez
Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives brings fewer than a hundred alcohol and tobacco cases a year. It now plays second fiddle to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on explosives. And its skill at catching firearms violators is in doubt after the flawed probe known as Fast and Furious.

No wonder the agency’s boss is looking to reinvent it, and maybe even change its name.

The ATF is a Washington oddity, stitched together in the 1970s from units going back to the age of Prohibition. Gun-rights supporters are wary of it, yet they are also loath to see firearms regulation move to the FBI.

So the ATF survives, and acting director B. Todd Jones has to figure out what to do with it. “We’re the entity that everyone loves to hate,” said the 55-year-old former Marine.

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Slain ATF Agent John F. Capano Who Was Killed in Robbery Attempt to be Honored at Headquarters

Steve Neavling 

ATF  will honor one of its agents who was killed trying to stop a pharmacy robbery on New Year’s Eve in New York, Newsday reports.

The Aug. 23 ceremony at ATF’s national headquarters in Washington D.C. will celebrate the life of Senior Special Agent John F. Capano. His family will receive the agency’s Medal of Valor.

NYPD Officer Joseph Arbia, an off-duty officer who shot and killed the suspect, will receive the Jake Kuredjian Memorial Award for trying to keep an agent safe, according to the AP.

Capano, 51, was shot by another off-duty cop who mistook the agent for robber.

ATF Whistleblower Peter Forcelli Settles Retaliation Claim Against Government

By Jerry Seper
The Washington Times

WASHINGTON — A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agent who blew the whistle on the botched Fast and Furious gunrunning investigation and, according to lawmakers, was threatened with losing his job has successfully resolved a retaliation claim.

ATF agent Peter Forcelli settled the claim, according to Carolyn Lerner, head of the Office of Special Counsel, through an OSC-overseen mediation process in which a neutral third party — in this case an independent OSC mediator — assisted the opposing parties in reaching a voluntary, negotiated resolution.

The resolution is confidential under OSC mediation rules.

OSC is an independent agency that oversees whistleblower claims. ATF declined comment, citing an ongoing Justice Department investigation into the Fast and Furious operation.

“I commend Mr. Forcelli for his courage in coming forward, and I applaud both him and ATF for their good-faith efforts to reach resolution of these issues,” Ms. Lerner said. “This is a testament to the ability of mediation to resolve complex cases.”

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Andrew Traver Who Was Nominated for Director is Named Head of ATF’s Denver Office

Andrew Traver/ photo

By Allan Lengel

Andrew Traver, whose nomination by President Obama to head up ATF seems to have gone nowhere, is the new head of ATF’s  Denver office.

Before getting this new assignment he was head of the Chicago ATF.

Traver began his ATF career in 1987 as a special agent in the Chicago Field Division and went on to other posts, including Group Supervisor in Philadelphia, New Jersey and New Orleans.

In November 2010, Traver was nominated by President Barack Obama to become director of ATF. He was subsequently re-nominated to the new session of Congress in January 2011, the first ATF career Special Agent to be so nominated.

But there seemed to be resistance on the Hill to appointing him and the nomination seemed to go nowhere.


Former ATF Deputy Director Out Amid ‘Fast and Furious’ Probe

Steve Neavling

 William Hoover, the former deputy director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, left the agency Tuesday in the aftermath of the botched gun-running investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious, the Associated Press reports.

The agency’s No. 2 official from 2009 to 2011, Hoover was reassigned in October following questions about the botched probe, the AP reported.

A Republican investigation into the program concluded Hoover and four other were responsible for problems in the Arizona gun-smuggling sting.

Feds can’t account for about 1,400 illegally purchased weapons, according to the AP.