Agency Identification in Civil and Criminal Areas of TRACFed

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, did not keep up with these changes and kept recording activities under former agency categories until FY 2005. Thus, for example, Department of Justice's database systems utilized for the agency breakdowns on TRACFed's criminal and civil layer still reflect pre-2003 agency alignments up until September 2005. In addition to not reflecting the creation of DHS, the Transportation Security Administration enforcement activity was 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 was also not reflected.

After October 2005, the data on TRACFed's criminal and civil layer reflects the new agency categories.

Note that federal personnel data systems utilized for TRAC's People layer have adopted the new agency alignments and thus the Department of Homeland Security and other transfers are properly reflected there.

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