Holder just said that he would like to see a "permanent ATF director". I suppose he means...similar to a Supreme Court justice, appointed by him, to make decisions that jive with his political opinions, for the next 30 years? Or maybe appointed by the Brady Group?
ATF has not had a true director for some time because the nominees have been so bad. They have had a series of "acting" directors. I think Holder is referring to the normal, appointed, Senate-confirmed director when he refers to a "permanent" director.