While their goal is appropriate, decreasing the wait time for processing National Firearms NFA forms, there is a much better solution. They should eliminate the requirement for the NFA forms and delete the EPS from the federal budget.
I realize repealing the NFA isn’t politically feasible at this time but I submit that making sale of NFA items contingent upon filing a 4473’s and a NICS check might be. The NFA form processing is essentially the same thing. It’s just common sense to eliminate the redundant system that is currently running 10 months behind doing what takes no more than a few minutes in your average gun store.
Also of note is that in the same NSSF post they report:
ATF’s troubled eForms system being taken down until further notice. Users of the system were told by ATF in an email that “The eForms software is not performing to our expectations. As a result, we are taking the eForms system down until further notice.
Anytime the government gets involved in a software project, anything actually, you should expect it to be “troubled”. I’ve written software for the government and I know others who worked in software development at other facilities. It’s not surprising the ObamaCare exchanges and the ATF’s eForms system are unusable. Even after working at Microsoft and knowing how the software development processes could be improved it just didn’t seem possible for the government to adapt those improvements.
If you want something degraded and destroyed without being directly blamed for it the best way to do that is get the government to “improve” it. I submit gun control and ObamaCare as my prime examples.