We asked. They answered.

The Office of Inspector General is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of Education and is responsible for the detection of waste, fraud, abuse, and other criminal activity involving Federal education funds, programs, and operations. As such, OIG operates with full statutory law enforcement authority, which includes conducting search warrants, making arrests, and carrying firearms. The acquisition of these firearms is necessary to replace older and mechanically malfunctioning firearms, and in compliance with Federal procurement requirements. For more information on OIG’s law enforcement authority, please visit our Web site at: www.ed.gov/oig. The information is available on the front page of our site.

Thank you again for your inquiry.

Catherine Grant
Public Affairs Liaison
U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General

So then we asked again: which guns, what malfunctions?

8 COMMENTS

  1. "The Office of Inspector General is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of Education and is responsible for the detection of waste, fraud, abuse, and other criminal activity involving Federal education funds, programs, and operations."

    Not often that you hear "law enforcement" and "Office of the Inspector General" in the same sentence. Most folks, myself included, consider the an "Inspector General" is generally an Administrative function. You know, make sure that the paperwork associated with whatever the Department does, is properly done. Particularly so when the IG is in a Department that has no "troops", but is mostly one of people who monitor standards and procedures.

    Also, is the "criminal activity involving Federal education funds, programs and operations" the kind that includes violence or the threat of same?

    Finally, why is it "necessary to replace older and mechanically malfunctioning firearms"? Not that "mechanically malfunctioning" firearms, or ANY mechanical device for that matter, shouldn't be replaced. Just wondering how much the now mechanically unsound shotguns got that way? It could be a crappy maintenance program, or a crappy storage facilities, which wouldn't be that big a surprise for a Federal Agency. Or it could be the weapons are worn out from use.

    Which would, of course, beg the question…used on who?

    All in all, a most intriguing situation.

    And kind of frightening in a "Huh" kind of way.

  2. Why shotguns? Why not something more in style like something along the line of what law enforcement has move to. — Like AR-15 platform?

  3. LOL Office of Inspector General is an admin office lol. Dept. of Education falls under the that office but has little or no need for the 870’s or Glock .40 caliber handguns they also purchased in 2010. Along with 2 billion rounds of ammo the feds bought that year creating an ammo shortage in civilian USA to simply do nothing more then collect data as to what the civilian population would do. When they seen the civilian population go a bit crazy about the ammo shortage they altered agenda-21 and pushed some of it up to agenda-31 ten years in advance. Currently the biggest hassle they have at hand is how to prevent or stop a civilian uprising in the wake if United Nations Authority being granted all Police activity in US states under national emergency mgt. order. They also have to figure out a way to disarm the majority of America’s lower classes like they did in England and Australia prior to going 200% Hitler on us and creating new laws that tighten up on personal property rights and such.
    #1 The FBI or other Federal Law Enforcement agency’s SWAT would handle high order warrant issue in the event needed for a investigation or bust. The IRS has it’s own branch and teams of Investigators and SWAT for that type of job and FBI on stand by if needed. Sometimes the procurement of weapons is for a sub-dept that is true. Sometimes it makes no sense and in this case I just can’t see how they justify it. What happens??? Does a small town school keep all the money and not use it for school funds and pass it out among the staff and town leaders so the Dept. of Education and Dept of Inspector General conduct a bust of the whole town with there 27 870 shotguns and nothing but Glock Pistols…………..makes no sense at all. If that were the case they would get the FBI involved and conduct an entire long term full scale investigation regarding the scam or missing funds. Not only that but I thought Office of the Inspector General was for Inspecting other Government Officials and how they conducted there jobs????

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