Report: ATF Promotes 3 Supervisors of Botched Gun-Tracking Program

August 16, 2011 - 8:56 AM

From the Los Angeles Times: The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has promoted three supervisors of the botched gun-tracking program in which the ATF allowed firearms to be illegally trafficked across the U.S. border into Mexico.

The three supervisors – William McMahon, William Newell and David Voth -- have been given new management positions at the agency's headquarters in Washington.

McMahon and Newell have acknowledged making serious mistakes in the “Operation Fast & Furious” program, in which at least 2,000 guns were lost. Many turned up at crime scenes in Mexico and two at the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona.

McMahon was promoted Sunday to deputy assistant director of the ATF's Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations — the division that investigates misconduct by employees and other problems.

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