But the progress report will also highlight steps that
Administration officials say there has been progress on several actions taken by Obama under executive authority, including directives to end the freeze on gun violence research and to reduce barriers that keep states from submitting records to the national background system.
They acknowledged, though, that the end to the 17-year ban on research will make little difference until Congress restores funding for the work. In addition, a more thorough database of
"The administration has more work to do," said one White House official, who talked to reporters Monday on the condition of anonymity, "but Congress must also do its job."
Getting lawmakers on board for gun proposals has proved to be no easy task. The
Talks have dragged along listlessly in the weeks since. To jump-start the conversation, Vice President
On Monday, administration officials argued that the items checked off the to-do list so far have real-world effect. Still, advisors to Obama and Biden suggested the real responsibility is now on Capitol Hill.
These unilateral acts, said the official, "are in no way a replacement for concrete legislative action."
Some of the administrative actions remain works in progress, such as the president's direction to the attorney general to review the categories of individuals who are prohibited from owning firearms.
The White House says the Justice Department has consulted with a number of experts in reviewing the laws that determine those categories and that the attorney general will issue his recommendations on strengthening those laws "in the coming weeks."
On the list of items left undone is a plan to finalize regulations requiring health plans that offer mental health coverage to do so at the same level that they provide medical and surgical benefits.
Also, the administration has nominated a director to head the