"Accurate, complete information about the performance of the government is an essential part of democratic government," Mr. Burnham said. "Unfortunately, the record shows that in case after case the official claims and press release and congressional testimony of many agencies — whether from the IRS, the FBI, the [Drug Enforcement Administration] or the ATF — often fail to provide such information. And in almost all administrations, Republican or Democratic, the official records that have been presented don't help the public understand whether the agencies are achieving their stated goals."
"As far as I can see, there's been no increase in the size of the agency or its legal authority," David Burnham, co-director of TRAC, said of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. "What triggered this, I don't know. This really looks like perhaps outside criticism had an effect."