August President's Report

Lest you think COVID-19 has affected my awareness of the calendar I realize today is Sept 2 but wanted to get this out for advance notice of an informative webinar hosted by the ATF September 9, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please take note of this information and consider adding it to your upcoming schedule for September.

Here is the link to able to connect and join in on this webinar.

https://atf.webex.com/atf/e.php?MTID=m3d56bada0c5cf93ab9c18fe92d7d296b

At the time of the conference, the user simply clicks on the attached link, follows the prompts, and they will be able to access the Webinar. 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) cordially invites you to the Explosives Industry Webinar on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

via Webex*

Join officials from the Director's office, the Office of Enforcement Programs and Services, the Office of Field Operations, the Federal Explosives Licensing Center, the Firearms and Explosives Industry Division, and the Explosives Industry Programs Branch as we discuss the following

agenda:

 

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Time (ET)                       Presentation       Speaker

9:00 AM - 9:20 AM     Welcome     Marianna Mitchem, Chief Firearms & Explosives Industry Division

                                     Opening Remarks   Regina Lombardo, Acting Director; Marvin Richardson, Associate Deputy Director

 

9:20 AM - 9:40 AM    Introductions by Executive Leadership  

                                    Alfonso Hughes, Assistant Director, Enforcement Programs and Services

                                    Andrew Graham, Deputy Assistant Director, Enforcement Programs and Services;

                                    Megan Bennett, Deputy Assistant Director, Field Operations

 

9:40 AM - 9:45 AM    Webinar Format & Etiquette  Annette Butler, Chief Explosives Industry Programs Branch

 

 Presentations Schedule Time (ET)      Presentation     Speaker

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM    FESD - Licensing        Shawn Stevens , Chief, Firearms and Explosives Services Division

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Break

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM Fireworks Industry - Classifications/Exemptions and Emergency Variances

                                     Michael O'Lena, Program Manager, Explosives Industry Programs Branch

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Variance Requests       

                                    George Semonick, Program Manager, Explosives Industry Programs Branch

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM     Lunch

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM       IMESAFR Variance Requests

                                    Michael O'Lena, Program Manager, Explosives Industry Programs Branch

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM     Storage/Construction Requirements (Type 3 Magazines)

                                     William O'Brien, ATF Explosives Industry Liaison, Explosives Industry Programs Branch

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM       Break

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM       Underground Storage

                                       William Boyle, Program Manager, Explosives Industry Programs Branch

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM       Employee Possessors/CFATS   

                                      William O'Brien, ATF Explosives Industry Liaison, Explosives Industry Programs Branch

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM       Break

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM       Changes to ATF Form 5400.5 (Theft/Loss of Explosives)     

                                       Rinell Lawrence, Program Manager, Explosives Industry Programs Branch

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM       General Q&A Session

* You can join the meeting using your computer, mobile device, phone, or video system.

 

 Board retreat

The Board met on August 8th and discussed several topics.  Thank you to the members who sent along suggestions for our discussion.  I will give you further information on our discussions next month as this update may exceed what is allowed in posts on Pyropage.

One key topic was when the Board would meet again now that we have a Zoom account.  We have scheduled a couple of meetings via Zoom in September to continue our discussions.  In the September update, I will give you more information on areas and topics we are working on.

On behalf of the PGI Board,

 

Paul