As far as the time table goes, estimates are all over the map.
A new company has been selected to implement eForms 2.0 - and they seem very competent; but, they're still locked up in the government processes that are required before they can even begin work.
My personal feeling is that they'll probably have something online between Q2 and Q3 of next year; but, that's just a guess based on what we've seen.
What is Being Done
The new eForms platform will initially be implemented for both Form 3 (Dealer to Dealer) and Form 4 (Transfer to Customer) submissions.
Once that system is online and working, I'd be kind of surprised if the existing forms aren't migrated to the new platform as well.
Will it Be Better?
The first version of eForms wasn't too bad; but, it had some critical issues that impacted a lot of people negatively - mostly performance and usability issues.
This time around, the NFA Branch and ATF are taking the lessons from the first version and are truly trying to put out a product that will serve the industry for years to come. Having said that, it's hard for the government to do this type of project as efficiently as a business would; but, I have high hopes that it will be a big jump forward.
We were huge supporters of the first version of eForms and are excited to see its replacement come online.
As the submission system is improved, and brought up to more current technology, that also opens the door to improve the efficiency of each examiner - and that will benefit everybody involved in this industry!