NFA Branch SurgeSince eForms went down, the NFA Branch has worked to keep wait times down by throwing more people at the pending applications. This isn't a long term solution, and they appear to realize that; but, it is definitely helping in the short term. Some of the statistics they threw out were:
- Over the last month, the NFA Branch has been able to drop one month from the wait times - and our statistics back this up. They also said that they have dropped from a peak of 86,000 unprocessed applications in February to just over 50,000 today; so they're heading in the right direction in spite of an uptick in submissions.
- Last year, as most people know, there were only 9 NFA Branch examiners who were handling every single submission. As of today there are 15, with another 11 in the pipeline - which will bring the total up to 26 examiners.
- The goal, with both paper and eForm 4 submissions is to get the wait times under 6 months and keep them there. It actually sounded like they may have an internal goal to keep it closer to 3 months.
- The ATF is also training field agents to help with the NFA approval process while they work through the existing backlog - which shows they are serious about bringing wait times down.