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35jO General Accounting Office
Washington, D.C. 20548
Office of Special Investigations
August 13, 1999
The Honorable Charles E. Grassley
Chairman, Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight
and the Courts
Committee on the Judiciary
United States Senate
Subject: FBI: Delivery of ATF Report on TWA Flight 800 Crash
Dear Mr. Chairman:
As you requested, we have enclosed a copy of our June 29, 1999, briefing before the
Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts. This briefing was in
response to your request for information about a January 20, 1997, Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) report on the crash of Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA)
flight 800. That information concerned whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) had forwarded the ATF report to the National Transportation Safety Board
(NTSB), as the FBI claimed in written and oral testimony before the Subcommittee in
Our investigation revealed that the NTSB has no record of receiving the ATF report from
the FBI. FBI officials stated that although they believed the ATF report was forwarded
to the NTSB, it was possible that the report may not have been sent due to
administrative error. Officials of the FBI stated that during the TWA flight 800 case, the
FBI determined what information would be disseminated to the NTSB and when it
would be disseminated.
We will make copies of this letter available to others on request. If you have any
questions, please contact Assistant Director Ron Malfi at (202) 512-6722.
Robert . Hast
Acting Assistant Comptroller General
for Special Investigations
GAO/OSI-99-18R ATF Report on TWA Flight 800
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