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November 4, 2016


Greetings! We hope you had a sweet and sassy week! This week's top stories include the arrest of a former Napa Valley winemaker on mail and wire fraud charges, an announcement that we are hiring a new supervisor of the formula team in ALFD, information about our Permits Online tutorial, as well as a list of the past week's top Permits Online pages at TTB.gov/.


Jeffry Hill was arrested on November 2, 2016, after having been indicted for mail fraud and wire fraud in connection with his operation of Hill Wine Company in Napa County, California.

According to the indictment, Hill defrauded Hill Wine Company's customers by misrepresenting the geographic origin and grape varietal of the wine and wine products that he sold, thus causing customers to pay more than they would otherwise have paid, or to buy products that they would not have otherwise bought.

For more information read the U.S. Attorney's Office's press release.

Press inquiries should be directed to Abraham Simmons, Department of Justice, at 415-436-7264 or by email at Abraham.Simmons@usdoj.gov/.


TTB is looking for interested candidates to fill the position of Assistant Director for Formulation, in the Advertising, Labeling and Formulation Division. The incumbent will be responsible for assisting the Division Director in planning, developing, and coordinating Division programs and initiatives pertaining to beverage alcohol formulation laws and regulations. This full-time position supervises the TTB Formula specialists and it is located in Washington, DC.
Here's some additional information:

Salary Range: $108,887.00 to $141,555.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1801-14/14

Promotion Potential: GS – 14

Specialized experience: applicants must have one year of specialized experience, which for this position includes:

  • Providing advice to others on laws and regulations involving beverage alcohol; and
  • Leading projects or team efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of operating programs and recommending improvements.

If interested in applying, please visit www.USAJobs.gov/ and search for vacancy 17-TTB-1-P.

It is anticipated that there will be significant interest in the position. As a result, the announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on the date of receipt of the 150th application or at 11:59 p.m. ET on November 14, 2016; whichever occurs first.


We are pleased to offer this online tutorial (TTB G 2014-2) to help make using Permits Online a quick and easy process. Permits Online is our free, secure electronic system that allows you to apply for the type of permit, notification, or notice you need to start your TTB-regulated business, or amend your existing approvals.

Permits Online already includes a number of integrated error-checking areas that can minimize many of the mistakes and possible questions that may pop up while filling out your application. Our online tutorial takes you step by step through the process of using Permits Online, from preparing and submitting your application to following the status of your application all the way to approval.

The tutorial branches into the different types of applications you may be submitting, too, and it outlines the mandatory documentation you will need, along with the documentation required by specific situations. We have even included screenshots of the Permits Online system, along with tips and some expanded explanations.

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