GAO Investigates Big Sis’ Big Ammo Buy As Congress Demands Answers


The Governmental Accountability Office (GAO), Congress’ financial investigative and auditing agency, has gotten involved in the controversy over the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) massive buy-up of firearms ammunition.

In an interview with U.S. News,GAO spokesman Chuck Young said the investigation is “just getting underway.” Presumably at the behest of one or more Congressmen, the GAO will investigate the reasoning behind the alleged purchase of anywhere between 750 million and 1.6 billion (depends on whom you ask) rounds of ammunition.

The high figure is enough bullets to have prolonged the George W. Bush-era Iraq war for 20 additional years; the low figure — which DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano swears by — is still enough to keep the fighting going for about a decade.

Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Representative Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) separately introduced a new piece of legislation last week in each house of Congress that, if passed, would force DHS and other Federal agencies (except for the Department of Defense) to submit to GAO accounting of its ammunition purchases, particularly as they may affect the supply and cost of ammunition to the general public.

Named the AMMO Act, the bill would also restrict any agency (except for the Department of Defense) from ordering additional ammunition for six months whenever its existing stockpile of ammo exceeds the average monthly amount it was maintaining before President Barack Obama began his first term in office.

Citing his Oklahoma constituents’ complaints that ammunition for civilians is in very short supply, Inhofe said the AMMO Act would curb DHS and other civilian agencies from hording ammo and would require them to make routine Congressional reports that justify their need for the bullets they do purchase:

President Obama has been adamant about curbing law-abiding Americans’ access and opportunities to exercise their Second Amendment rights. One way the Obama Administration is able to do this is by limiting what’s available in the market with federal agencies purchasing unnecessary stockpiles of ammunition. As the public learned in a House committee hearing this week, the Department of Homeland Security has two years worth of ammo on hand and allots nearly 1,000 more rounds of ammunition for DHS officers than is used on average by our Army officers. The AMMO Act of 2013 will enforce transparency and accountability of federal agencies’ ammunition supply while also protecting law-abiding citizens access to these resources.

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  • Vigilant

    The GAO has got to be one of the most worthless organizations of the government, not because they don’t identify fraud, waste and abuse on an almost monthly basis, but because NO ONE ever takes actions on their recommendations.

    • JeffH

      Here is the article with a link to the PDF file on the The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) solicitation of ammo – the solicitation lists the different units of ammo required by the thousand, with the total ammo purchase exceeding 750 million rounds.
      Although the ammo purchases are ostensibly earmarked for training purposes, the DHS has been reticent to clarify why such an unusually large amount of rounds are necessary and why such powerful bullets are required merely for training drills.

      This has led to speculation that the purchases are connected to confirmed preparations for civil unrest in the United States.

  • me

    Owebunhole found his way to control guns thru this. Go to the stores. the shelves are empty of bullets. Too bad the bullet manufactures don’t put purchase limits on bullets to the government so everyone has a chance to have some. Another thing is, this country is so broke, how is 750 million up to 1.6 billion bullets affordable. seems the money could be used on something less wasteful.

  • Dave

    There is no BS conspiracy that the GOP will not waste money and time exploring to get out of working with Obama to help solve the real problems of this country.

    This is another non-story.

    Even the NRA debunked these kinds of conspiracy theories in a press release last summer, saying that the DHS buying ammo is perfectly normal: “Much of the concern stems from a lack of understanding of the law enforcement functions carried about by officers in small federal agencies. These agents have the power to make arrests and execute warrants, just like their better-known counterparts at agencies like the FBI.”

    “As most gun owners will agree, skepticism of government is healthy. But today, there are more than enough actual threats to the Second Amendment to keep gun owners busy,” the NRA continued.

    • Sharalyn Ayers

      The DHS buying so damned much ammo that we can’t get it IS NOT NORMAL! It is ignorant to think otherwise…

      • Dave

        Do your research Sharalyn, It is clear you have not.

  • Timothy Marvin

    What about the 300 armored vehicles and the 3000 full auto assault weapons. WTF, do they get a pass on that one. Let them use that money and repay all the money they took out of social security!!!!!! We can’t afford anything and obama is letting them spend all this money on weapons and ammo. Most of the purchases were supposed to be hollow point ammo, don’t tell me thats not hollow point in the picture, I know that, but the media doesn’t!!!!! Holloow point is illegal in war, but I guess it’s okay to use on american citizens!!!!!!!!! Homeland security is lying thru thier teeth and you can bet they will put anopther big order in! Most police depts don’t give thier cops a 1000 rds a year!!!! Conspiracy theory or not, obama is gearing up for something with his private little army of dum dums that won’t obey thier oath to the constitution!!!!!!!!
    Keep your powder dry!!!!!!!

    • Wellarmed

      I cannot agree with you more that something is afoot. The question that I have is the time frame? DHS should under no circumstances be allowed to stock pile weapons or ammo as it cannot be viewed as anything less than a standing army amongst our borders.

      Many Americans are preparing for the day when the SHTF. The Federal Reserve knows when (within a reasonable time frame) this event is going to occur, and that IS why the Federal Government are taking these actions. It will not end well, but it could possibly be avoided if we chose to eliminate the Federal Reserve, and return to sound monetary policies. It is what drives this relentless push to never ending war.

    • Alan Patrick

      From what I see in the picture those are NOT hollow point they are full jacketed rounds. Either way they have NO NEED for all that they have bought except to bring down the American people when a revolt should happen to start

  • Terrible

    I don’t know about the rest of DHS, but the US Border Patrol carries hollow point ammo on duty and receives 250 rounds of the same ammo for proficiency every month. That’s 3000 rounds of ammo per agent every year, all hollow point! I do not agree with the policy, but that’s the way it is. The contract is over a ten year period and these purchases are actually below the averages of the recent past. I’m not a fan of this administration or its policies, but i’m not overly concerned about this issue. There are much bigger issues facing this country.

    • Dave

      And there are 70000 agents that fall under this buy and the number is over a 5 year period…

      But the GOP/Conservatives never let a manufactured controversy go to waste.
      It plays into their strategy to not have a rational discussion about real issues. It plays better to have certain people blieve that Obama is out to “get us”.

  • Cam Alft

    obama’s been after our guns and ammo(and now gun powder)since before we knew who he was!for those of you awake know this,for the rest,keep dreaming this will all just go away!obama and his henchmen are going to try every concievable way to get them and if that means walking all over our constitutional rights so be it!obama’s plan involves us not being able to fight back when he hatches his scheme!just like saying he’s not aware of the Bengazi questioning or Hiliry saying”their dead already,theres nothing we can do about it!” or “we have to pass it to see whats inside of it!”,Pelosi,all part of the lies to cover up their grand plan of a secular society!lets see,don’t forget the DHS(bullet grabbing lie)in that they are teaching the LEO’s to come after us(which they have been doing for decades)and be their henchmen!if you don’tfollow obama’s new rules,into camp you go!(remember his speach about all this detainment thing)it includes us too!so itdoesn’t matter what we think the reason is,their gonna do it and it won’t be good!

  • Dragon 1

    Congress should make DHS return all but 500 rounds for ech of their employees back to the companys that they bought the ammo from. This would help the econmy and the American public. Congress needs to CURB LORD OBAMA !!!

    • Dave

      Lame lame lame….
      There have been record filibusters since 2010 becayse Obama is such a dictator. Sheesh.