Meet Your Government: The Bureau of Fiscal Services

Have you ever heard of The Bureau of Fiscal Services? Me neither.

This is their mission:

Our mission is to promote the financial integrity and operational efficiency of the U.S. government through exceptional accounting, financing, collections, payments, and shared services.Bureau of Fiscal Services

Okay. So it appears the Bureau of Fiscal Services is basically a home for wayward accountants. A bureaucracy filled with green-eyeshades and calculators. They spend their days making sure the numbers add up. Good for them.

But what do they do when the numbers don’t add up? When you represent the Federal Government, that’s not something you can shrug off. Action must be taken.

Maybe that’s why this warren of mild-mannered accountants felt the need to spend $662,032.33 on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment in the last decade.

This prompts a few questions:

Why do government accountants need Smith & Wesson M&P15 semi-auto rifles?

Why do guys and gals in green eyeshades need Benelli M4 Tactical Shotguns?

In 2014 they spent $257,480.00 to acquire both types of weapons. Here’s a breakdown of The Bureau of Fiscal Services arms purchases just in 2014:

S&W Mag Clips 13,200.00
Benelli M4 Tactical Shotguns and S&W M&P15 semi-auto rifles 153,055.00
Benelli M4 Tactical Shotguns and S&W M&P15 semi-auto rifles 104,425.00
Training ammunition 8,626.00
12-gauge frangible ammunition 7211.41
.40 caliber service ammunition 80.273.82
Body armor and torso plates 10,000.00
Ceramic plates for ballistic vests 9,395.40
Body armor 101,269.50

This is just one small bureaucracy in the vast Federal Government Leviathan. And, yes, we’re only talking about a (comparatively) small amount of money, but that doesn’t explain why this small bureau needs to arm itself to the teeth. What’s it afraid of?

You can find many more alarming examples of the government arming itself in the OpenTheBooks.com report, The Militarization of America. Weird example: The Office of Policy, Budget & Administration has spent $25,849,568.89 on arms, ammunition and military style equipment in the last decade.

When it comes to gun control, the focus on the public is misplaced. Our real concern should be the gun-crazies in government.

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