Today, Deputy Assistant Director Marvin Richardson issued a letter to eForm users advising on the future of the eForms system. You can download a copy of the letter here.
After citing to a 380% increase in form applications since 2005 and a 1000% increase in eForm usage from 2013, Assistant Director Richardson explains that eForms is here to stay and that ATF is taking steps to immediately decrease processing times, including:
- Staffing 7 days a week to process forms;
- Hiring 15 additional staff to assist in processing NFA applications and an additional 15 staff members being cross-trained to assist in NFA application processing;
- Staff from across ATF is being recruited to assist in the backlog;
- Hiring a new computer company to assist in fixing the eForms system;
- Limiting routine maintenance of the eForms system to once a week (Wednesday);
- Turning the eForms system back online this week for processing ATF Form 6 and Form 6A applications, with Form 1, 2, 5, 9, 5300.11 and 10’s again being accepted in the weeks to come; and
- To weekly monitor the process being made on the backlog to ensure that it is being reduced!
Assistant Director Richardson closes the letter by stating
ATF and industry have benefitted from the eForms and ATF remains fully committed to its success and to the reduction of the backlog in paper and eForms applications. The steps outlined above reflect ATF’s commitments, and we will ensure that our industry colleagues remain informed of our progress and have the opportunity to provide input on eForms enhancements.
Looks like eForms is here to stay!