According to the ATF/DOJ, the rule changes we have previously discussed are coming, but not until June.
So, if you want to get a National Firearms Act listed item (silencer/sound suppressor, short barreled rifle or shotgun, etc.) do it before June.
Also, the ATF has started using an online filing or E-Forms system that accepts FFL's 4473 gun transfer applications and the Form 4 required for NFA items. Check out the website here. This is "allegedly" going to speed up the wait process to by a couple months from the currently absurd 9 month wait time.
I haven't explored the new ATF website too extensively, as its frequently "down for daily maintenance" as seen here:
The other sections of the website seem mostly for gov/law enforcement use, and come with strict warnings, but at least they have fun pictures (from the bomb-arson tracking system logon):
Who knows what this all means in the long run. I would have hoped that an electronic submission system would eliminate the need for the new proposed regulations (requiring CLEO to sign off, fingerprints, and photos to be submitted for NFA items) but it seems they are pushing ahead with those as well.