DHS Redacts Quantity of Ammo Order – Issues “Justification for Other Than Full and Open Competition”

In a date-redacted document, DHS claimed “Unusual and Compelling Urgency” NOT to inform the public of quantities of ammo purchased with tax money ($4.6 MILLION) for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Federal Protective Service (FPS). The original bid date was May 2012. On July 30, 2012 the award was announced for a contract, and for an undisclosed quantity of 223 62 grain duty and 223 64 grain duty. Federal Cartridge Company in Minnesota won the bid assuming any other company was allowed to bid against them. The purchased ammo is to be used for the agencies listed above, for training and performance of duties. Attached to the Award Notice is a pdf titled “Justification for Other Than Full and Open Competition. As you read, ponder whether this is Other Than Full and Open Competition or Other Than Full and Open Disclosure. 223 Redacted J&A.pdf

4. Identification of Statutory Authority Permitting Other Than Full and Open Competition

The statutory authority permitting other than full and open competition is 41 U.S.C.3304 (a)(2) implemented by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 6.302-2 entitled “Unusual and Compelling Urgency.” The manufacturer is the only one that provides the referenced part numbers on this one time purchase.

Upon reading “full and open competition,” my first thought was that the bid was not available to some companies who might want to bid for the contract, but if that’s the case, why are the quantities of ammo redacted. This seems more to be ‘other than full and open disclosure.’

There are approximately 23 black marker redactions excluding the redacting of the names and dates of the Contracting Officer and and Sections Chief – Contracts.


Back in December, Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano directed ICE to prepare for a substantial inundation of immigrants into the United States, calling for the plan to deal with the “shelter” and “processing” of large numbers of people.

The Destructionist:

Despite the fact that documents are only supposed to be redacted if authorized by Congress or for national security reasons, a solicitation posted on the FedBizOpps website yesterday concerning ammunition purchases made by the DHS on behalf of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) contains numerous blacked out sections.

I am working on verifying the above statement, that Congressional authority is needed for redaction, or that national security concerns can override that authority. I have no problem believing it, but hope to find a specific confirmation and compare it to the provision of authority under FAR cited in the pdf. Whatever is going on, it is “compelling and urgent;” for whom it is compelling and urgent isn’t clear. Maybe you and me? Doesn’t sound like normal duty or training. If you read the ClashDaily post linked above, he speculates bloggers have created a storm of controversy over our heavily-armed Government. Below is background material on some of the ammo buy-ups. Note that the first one below compares what our Military in Iraq used in one year, as compared to what DHS has order – and understand that none of the below, and none of the figures of over 1 BILLION rounds ordered by DHS includes Military/Pentagon/Department of Defense orders. My thanks to Matthew Fuller at Free Republic.

Background and Related:

Military in Iraq Used 70M Rounds of Ammo Annually: DHS Ordered 450M Rounds in One Month

Social Security Admin Buys 174,000 Hollow Point Bullets: Border Patrol Armed with Bean Bags

NOAA Buys 46,000 Rounds of Illegal Hollow Point Bullets

DHS Millions of Rounds of Ammo and BuletProof CheckPoint Booths – for what?

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  • Too late…the stupid DHS is too late, the cat’s out of the bag, Americans are smarter than the government thinks we are. they may have a secret, many secrets, but we know how to put 2 plus 2 together!

  • Explanations due, yet no viable ones forthcoming

    Expect -and suspect- the worst

  • Nolan

    The Fed agencies should all have to use the same caliber ammo. They are wasting money buying .40 for this one and .357 Sig for that one, 9mm for this one, etc. One caliber for handguns and submachine guns, two for rifles, 12 gauge for shotguns, and a small budget for the lab guys to buy for testing. Standardization- it saves the taxpayers money.

  • David

    If public opinion did not matter to these usurpers then they would not have redacted anything. So not only does public opinion seem to mean a great deal to them on this issue we can also realize that the overwhelming public opinion must be against this purchase. DHS to some degree is on the defensive now whether they care to realize it or not. Now if only our duly elected officials would pursue this as much as our amazing bloggers (Maggie and others) have we just might get them to cancel the orders all together. After all, this is blatantly an abuse of power gone unchecked. The ammo is one thing but how they were able to obtain it in the first place is probably even more revealing, not to mention how they actually intend to use the ammo. In no way, shape, manner or form is this ammo purchase by the DHS good for The People. Without enforced checks, balances and transparency where and why should they ever stop? Are we a banana republic or a democratic republic?

  • All this ammo buying is beyond bizar. The American people deserve some honest answers to what is going on. The Forest Service jjust made an “urgent order” for ammo including hollow point. Why so much kollow points which sre designed to kill or to do maximum damge? Who is ot that they plan to kill? Who is thisenemy they are so urgently worried about?

  • creeper

    “Who is thisenemy they are so urgently worried about?”


  • David

    Probably a good place to start would be Obama’s Enemies List, to include all those who vote Republican. Then Holder’s enemies list, which could include the enemies of his enemies as well. Then maybe the Godfather’s enemies list. And not to forget the New Black Panther’s, Code Pink, OWS, etc., etc., enemies list. I think there are actually many lists that point to who “they” are. I hope and pray that the biggest on Obama’s list by far is the Republican voter list in November so we can have a chance to get rid of these clowns for good. Maybe then we can auction off the ammo to legal American citizen gun owners as we downsize the government?

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  • Xavier

    Maggie, I hope you can verify whether the ‘Congressional Authority required to redact’ claim is accurate. Looking forward to updates on this story.

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