As I wander through the world inside the beltway I hear stuff. It usually doesn't have any gun content. This week the talk around the cooler had Firearms! The F in ATF!
The air is buzzing with word spreading that the BATFE is going to be completely disassembled and disbanded. The entire Bureau will be gone. Some parts eliminated and the staff laid off and some other parts transferred to places like the FBI or Dept of Homeland Security or the Dept of Education (kidding about DoE).
(Update: Looks like the target date is Feb 1st. Might be a press release in the next week or two.)
Keep a close eye on the news over the next few weeks.