I guess the sequester is for screwing the military and the little people. That is the way it seems. Otherwise why would the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives be spending good money in this time of cutbacks to revamp their website.
I received an announcement from BATFE in yesterday's email that "ATF.gov is Getting a New Look!" The email announced all the new features that the upgraded website would have including a library, a tab-based structure, and user-friendly navigation.
I'm sure having a new, more user-friendly, look and feel to their website would be a useful. However, given the size of the budget deficit, it seems a little frivolous to be spending money on the website graphics when it could be better spent on picking up violent felons.
Or maybe it is all a joke given the new website goes live on April 1st.
The letter from BATFE is below since it doesn't seem to be on their old, less user-friendly website.
As part of our ongoing overhaul process of ATF.gov, our site is getting a new look and added features in the coming weeks. ATF.gov will continue to provide the wealth of relevant information, statistics, and news updates that you have come to expect. Look for the updated site to “go live” on April 1, 2013!
Some of the new features include -
• User-friendly navigation: This new topic-based approach helps you find what you need easily and quickly. The new look allows you to immediately choose the ATF related topic you are interested in and effortlessly find the information you are looking for.
• Tab-Based Structure: A conveniently organized tab structure will allow easy access to information you need most at ATF.gov without having to constantly go to another page.
• Library: We have placed all of our forms, publications, rulings, and other relevant documents in one easy to navigate location!
Additional features and aesthetic enhancements will roll out between Spring and Fall 2013, culminating in the all-new ATF.gov! We invite your feedback though our online surveys, and look forward to hearing from you.