Archive for Monday, February 12, 2007

Two ATF officials moved to lower posts

February 12, 2007

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— Two senior officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who opposed many questionable management and spending decisions by the agency's former director are being moved to lower-ranking positions effective Thursday, officials said.

Deputy Director Edgar Domenech, who also served as acting director last year, is being moved out of ATF headquarters to lead the agency's Washington field office. The assistant director for field operations, Michael Bouchard, will become an assistant to Michael Sullivan, a U.S. attorney who is temporarily running ATF.

The transfers are widely seen within ATF as demotions. They come seven months after the sudden departure of Carl Truscott, the former director, who clashed with Domenech and other senior executives about spending and management practices.

An inspector general's report issued after his departure showed that Truscott engaged in a pattern of questionable expenditures on a new ATF headquarters, personal security and other items.

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