ATF: Gunwalker Promotions Were “Lateral Transfers”

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following statement is from Scot Thomasson, chief, Public Affairs Division, Office of Public and Governmental Affairs, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF):

“Recent media reports have inaccurately characterized personnel changes involving ATF agents associated with the Fast and Furious operation as promotions. Special Agents Voth, Newell and McMahon were laterally transferred from operational positions and moved into administrative roles, they were not promoted. They did not receive salary or grade increases nor did they assume positions with greater responsibility . . .

On May 13, 2011, Deputy Assistant Director McMahon, Field Operations was reassigned to a position within the Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations back filling a position that had been vacant for over a year. His transfer was one of six other transfers announced on that day involving various other positions.

On August 1, 2011, Special Agent Newell, who had been selected as Country Attache Mexico City, was reassigned to the Office of Management to assist with the OIG investigation and Congressional inquiry.

Furthermore, Special Agent Voth was reassigned to a headquarters position, a lateral move into a program area.

These transfers/reassignments have never been described as promotions in any of the documents announcing them.”

Contact: Public Affairs Division
(202) 648-8500


  1. avatar Jeff says:

    Funny how they wouldn’t return phone calls on Monday (,0,7676977.story), but now offer a contact number.

    One would think they would have learned to get their stories straight *before* they do something asinine.

  2. avatar Javier E says:

    “Special Agents Voth, Newell and McMahon were laterally transferred from operational positions and moved into administrative roles, they were not promoted”.

    They should have been fired. But NO. Lets give them desk jobs. That’s a BJ if ever I heard one.

  3. avatar Gunalizer says:

    Great! What a relief. For a while there it looked like three dirty BATFE agents were rewarded for covering up for someone up top. Thankfully we now know that would never happen.[/sarcasm]

  4. avatar Bob H says:

    I heard a rumor from a friend (who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the subject) that Mexico notified State that SA Newell would not be admitted under a diplomatic visa, but that SA Newell was welcome in Mexico on a regular US passport…

    {snicker} it appears that the BATFEARBF! decided not to take the Mexican government up on their kind offer.

  5. avatar Ralph says:

    They weren’t promoted? Big f^cking deal. In any decent country they would have been hung up by their balls. Here they get lateraled out.

  6. avatar SteveOfTheNorth says:

    So tempted to use next years tax refund to get an FFL.

    “So I heard about this “Gunrunner” thing and what is this “Fast and Furious” all about?

    Because they do have to face-to-face interview you.

    1. avatar SteveOfTheNorth says:

      Well,I’m outta here for the day,have to go and get some gun parts.

      Test this next:BAR

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