The director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is resigning, six months after the launch of an internal investigation into questionable spending on a new headquarters and other items during his tenure. Carl J. Truscott, a 22-year veteran of the Secret Service who took over as ATF chief in 2004, was under fire for his spending and management practices at a time when the agency was considering sharp cuts in the number of new cars, bulletproof vests and other basics it provides agents, reports the Washington Post.
Officials declined to say whether the allegations played a role in Truscott’s departure. In announcing his resignation, effective Tuesday, Truscott struck a positive note, calling his time at ATF “fulfilling” and praising agency employees for their “professionalism and proficiency.” A report on ATF is expected soon from Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine. His office has been investigating allegations that Truscott put through or proposed hundreds of thousands of dollars of unnecessary plan changes and upgrades to ATF’s new 438,000-square-foot headquarters. The building is at least $19 million over budget.