Guidance Documents

Guidance Documents

Component Document Issued Posted ID Topic Overview
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) January 1, 1955 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312511 Firearms This ruling clarifies at what point a crank-operated gear-driven Gatling guns would fall or would not fall within the purview of the National Firearms Act.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) January 1, 1955 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312516 Firearms This ruling clarifies when a device ostensibly designed for submarine spearfishing but capable of chambering and firing .22 caliber rimfire ammunition would be considered a firearm within the purview of the National Firearms Act.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) January 1, 1955 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312521 Firearms This ruling clarifies that a burgler alarm device consisting of a metal cylinder, hinged in the middle so it can be opened to chamber a 20-gauge shotgun is not a firearm within the purview of the National Firearms Act.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) January 1, 1954 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312466 Firearms This ruling advises that certain weapons fall within the definition of an “any other weapon” within the purview of the Federal Firearms Act.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) January 1, 1954 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312471 Firearms This ruling advises that a revolver refitted with a 10-inch barrel and classified as an “any other weapon” and is a firearm under Sec. 2733(a) of the IRC.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) January 1, 1954 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312476 Firearms This ruling advises that a tool powered by blank .22 and .38 cartridges which is used for setting studs or driving anchors into masonry or metal is not a firearm within the Federal Firearms Act.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) January 1, 1954 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312481 Firearms This ruling advises that a device for trapping animals that fires a special plastic cartridge but is not capable of firing projectiles is not a firearm within the Federal Firearms Act.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) January 1, 1954 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312486 Firearms This ruling advises that a .410 gauge gun concealed in a cane, or a pistol grip handgun with 8-inch chambered for a .410 gauge shotgun shell, are firearms within the purview of the NFA.  A flare pistol is not a firearm if capable of firing only pyrotechnic shells or cartridges designed for use with it.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) January 1, 1954 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312491 Firearms This ruling clarifies that removal of firearms from a foreign trade zone for any purpose other than reshipment to a place outside the jurisdiction of the U.S. constitutes importation as of the time they were originally brought within the limits of the U.S.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) January 1, 1954 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312496 Firearms This ruling advises that a plastic "pistol" is not a firearm under the Federal Firearms Act although designed to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) September 13, 1922 September 20, 2022 DEA-DC-58 DEA Records and Reports

This guidance document addresses whether a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registrant who is an authorized collector has the responsibility to file a Report of Theft or Loss of Controlled Substances (DEA Form 106) if a sealed inner liner is stolen, lost, or missing from the collector’s registered location (or authorized long-term care facility) before the sealed inner liner is picked up for destruction or destroyed on-site.

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) July 15, 1914 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1314761 Inmate and Custody Management (Prisons) To place literacy, English as-a-Second Language, and other education program inmates in appropriate instructional levels and to assess their learning progress. The provisions of this Program Statement do not apply to tests used in the classroom, such as teacher-made tests or specific tests for court-referred study cases. The administration of education tests for research purposes may be authorized only in accordance with the Program Statement on Research.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Not specified February 28, 2020 DOJ-1316651 General This informational pamphlet is aimed at health care professionals. It is a guide to show how they can recognize drug addiction with co-workers and/or a drug impaired co-workers. The information alerts the reader to certain signs, behaviors or symptoms that the drug impaired co-worker may exhibit. The material discusses things such as absenteeism, frequent disappearances, not meeting deadlines and work performances alternating between low and high periods of productivity. The material also identifies responsibilities and things that can be done to help the co-worker. The guide also provides signs that an individual maybe diverting controlled substances.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Not specified February 28, 2020 DOJ-1316656 Controlled Substance Prescriptions This information alerts the reader to certain signs, behaviors or symptoms that the drug impaired co-worker may exhibit. The material discusses things such as absenteeism, frequent disappearances, not meeting deadlines and work performances alternating between low and high periods of productivity. The material also gives the reader what are his/her responsibilities and things they can do to help to co-worker. The guide also provides signs that an individual maybe diverting controlled substances.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Not specified February 28, 2020 DOJ-1316661 General This pamphlet is directed to medical practitioners to assist them in recognizing a drug abuser, give them actions to take when confronted by a suspected drug abuser, and responsibilities regarding proper prescribing to prevent diversion. This includes common characteristics of the drug abuser and modus operandi often used by a drug-abusing patient.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Not specified February 28, 2020 DOJ-1316666 General Summary of the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 (CMEA). Preventing the Retail Diversion of Pseudoephedrine, including CMEA requirements, methamphetamine background information, and DEA’s goals in combating the methamphetamine epidemic.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Not specified February 28, 2020 DOJ-1316676 Controlled Substance Security This document identified a DEA regulation that may create unintended consequences for a formerly incarcerated individual that is attempting to successfully reenter society. Specifically, 21 CFR 1301.90 has been identified as such because this regulation sets forth specific questions in order for a non-practitioner to comprehensively screen employees. It also states DEA’s position on employee screening by non-practitioners in which “….obtaining information by non-practitioners is vital to fairly assess the likelihood of an employee committing a drug security breach. In this regard, it is believed that conviction of crimes and unauthorized use of controlled substances are activities that are properly subjects for injury.” Although 21 CFR 1301.90 has been identified, DEA would like to clarify that such regulation is only applicable to screening procedures for prospective employees at a non-practitioner DEA registered location where controlled substances are stored, distributed, manufactured, or otherwise handled and not applicable to prospective employees who will be employed at non-registered locations (ie corporate headquarters or sales offices).
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Not specified February 28, 2020 DOJ-1316691 Controlled Substance Prescriptions

All records for prescribing of an FDA-approved narcotic for the treatment of opioid addiction need to be kept in accordance with 21 CFR 1304.03(c), 21 CFR 1304.21(b).

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Not specified February 28, 2020 DOJ-1316711 General The document discusses ways for practitioners to be aware of signs that patients are trying to access drugs for diversion, such as giving vague symptoms, exaggerating pain, or avoiding tests and accessing medical history. The document also discusses ways for practitioners to avoid giving out prescriptions that could lead to diversion. Practitioners must assure they conduct medical examinations and tests while also looking out for signs of abuse when dealing with patients.
Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Not specified February 28, 2020 DOJ-1316776 Grants Guidance for states on the use and disposition requirements for VOI/TIS-funded facilities. 
Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Not specified February 28, 2020 DOJ-1316896 Grants Civil rights compliance information specific to State Administering Agencies for OJP awards during or prior to FY2016
Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Not specified February 28, 2020 DOJ-1316901 Grants Sample civil rights compliance checklist to assist state administering agencies in review of sub-recipients
Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Not specified February 28, 2020 DOJ-1316906 Grants Basic information on civil rights under the jursidiction of OCR and instructions on how to file a complaint with OCR.
U.S. Trustee Program Not specified February 28, 2020 UST-1317801 Credit Counseling & Debtor Education (Bankruptcy)

Template letter explaining process and documentation requested for quality of service reviews of approved credit counseling agencies.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Not specified December 27, 2021 DOJ-1981026 Firearms

This guide examines a list of the most common issues observed by ATF IOIs during ATF inspections.

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