Government Data Systems for DHS Lag
The creation of the Department of Homeland Security,
and other post 9/11/2001 initiatives, resulted in
many changes in federal agency alignments.
See TRAC's report on DHS.
Many federal government database systems, however,
have not kept up with these changes and are still
recording activities under former agency categories.
Thus, for example, Department of Justice's database systems
utilized for the
agency breakdowns for criminal and civil enforcement activities on
TRAC's public web site as well as on TRACFED
still reflect pre-2003 agency alignments.
In addition to not reflecting the creation of DHS,
the Transportation Security Administration enforcement
activity is grouped within "Other" Transportation Department units.
The transfer of most of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
from the Treasury Department to the Department of Justice
and the change of its name to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives is also not yet reflected.
Until the underlying federal data systems are revised to record
sufficient information to reflect these changes, civil and criminal
enforcement activities reported by TRAC will of necessity follow
the old agency categories.