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Report states change since 'Fast and Furious'

Posted at 5:40 AM, Feb 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-13 10:10:16-05
A new report released this week is showing what progress has and has not been made since the failed gun-smuggling sting known as 'Fast and Furious' came to light.
This watchdog report from the Department of Justice shows there has been progress, but the Inspector General states - there is still more work to do.
Under the operation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed gunrunners to actually buy weapons. The hope was that they would be able to track down those weapons and disrupt Mexican gun-smuggling rings. 
However, the failed program was revealed right here in southern Arizona when at least one of the guns in "Fast and Furious" were found at the scene of the 2010 shooting that killed Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
Now, that new report states the organizations involved are doing much better, but could do more to improve. 
Inspector General Michael Horowitz claim departments, including the ATF, are making significant progress since the aftermath of the botched program in 2012. 
But, in a statement - Horowitz said that other agencies, "... had not taken sufficient steps to institute policies to avoid repetition of the errors we identified." 
The report suggests putting in stronger policies in place when ti comes to firearm transfers, as well as suggesting the Drug Enforcement Administration revises policies on using confidential informants. 
The DOJ said this isn't the end and that they will continue to monitor progress within it's departments.