A watchdog report shows that the Department of Homeland Security has reduced its spending on ammunition by more than 43 percent since 2009, allaying recent concernsthat the agency was increasing its stockpile during a time of government austerity.
The Government Accountability Office analysis, released Thursday, said DHS spent $19.2 million on ammunition in 2013, compared to $33.8 million in 2009. The number of rounds the agency bought during those years also declined from 133 million to 84 million, representing a drop of nearly 37 percent.
Homeland Security has about 70,000 firearm-carrying personnel, compared to 69,000 at the Justice Department. DHS’s ammunition purchases since 2009 are “comparable in number” to DOJ’s, according to the report.
Source: The Washington Post