MINDBOGGLING REPORT: Non-Military Government Agencies Armed To The Teeth

U. S. Marshals special operations should be equiped like so.  Other federal agencies?

In the last few years, we out here on the fruited plain have heard over and over that for some reason, various government agencies are spending millions on “military style” equipment.  Thanks to American Transparency, the people behind OpentheBooks.com and their report titled, “The Militarization of America” we now know what the non-military agencies spent – and what they spent it on – from 2006-2014.

$1.48 BILLION worth of guns, ammunition and various other pieces of equipment.

When it comes to say, the FBI or the U.S. Marshall’s service, the Border Patrol or even ICE, being armed to the teeth is to be expected.  They are supposed to be the good guys with the guns.  But this list?

  • IRS – $10,711,792.17
  • Office of Assistant Secretary for Health – $121,764,002.82
  • Office of Policy Budget and Administration – $25,849,568.89
  • Department of Energy – $15,625,114.57
  • Office of Procurement Operations – $12,453,000.52
  • Department of Veterans Affairs – $11,661,552.47
  • Animal and Health Inspection Service – $4,770,517.07
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – $3,463,813.55
  • NASA – $3,432,617.66
  • EPA – $3,116,189.87
  • Bureau of the Public Debt – $2,792,060.65

The list of administrative agencies collectively acquiring millions of dollars of “military style” guns, ammo and equipment goes on to include the U.S. Mint, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, NOAA, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of Inspector General and much more.  In all, non-law enforcement agencies spent $335.1 million.  That’s almost a dollar per American citizen.  For weapons that can be used against us if the government so chooses.  What’s also interesting is WHEN the big time spending happened.  Check this out:

gov gun spending 2

Barack Obama occupied the Oval Office in 2009 when the Democrats controlled the purse strings.  TEA Partiers swept in to Congress in 2011.  Things that make you go hmm….

The data for the report from American Transparency came from information available thanks to the 2006  Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act.  It is systematically cataloged in very efficient tables and graphics that tell the story of government spending on “equipment” like this.

gov gun spending 1

Yes, for some reason the federal government is loading up on grenades, launchers and paint guns.  Tasers…that’s more of a gray area.  But still, this is the tip of the iceberg.  Within the report, there are whole pages of pictures of what the government purchased: night vision goggles, body armor, bullet-proof vests, pistols, rifles, ammunition, trigger locks, and more.  Check out this graphic:

gov gun spending 3

And that’s just the IRS.  Page 23 of the report outlines what the FDA and Health and Human Services spent. (Why do they need close to a million dollars worth of ballistic vests systems?  Just curious.)  Overall, that particular department is the one with the most unexplained spending.

The 13 federal agencies that make up the law enforcement arm of the government spent $1.1445 Billion that was split close to evenly between equipment and ammunition.  They also have added tens of thousands of officers.  Yes, these agencies are needed, and a lot of the spending is justified, but still…why so many and so much?

gov gun spending 4

For years now, the government has been loading up on defense equipment that could easily be used for offense in any conflict.  Now, the question is…who are feds thinking they are going to need to fight?

The full report is worth a read.  Follow this link to open it in a new window.

About the Author

Cultural Limits
A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.