[Ed. – Including front-line agencies like the Smithsonian Institution.]
Since FY 2006, 44 traditionally administrative agencies have spent over $71 million on items like body armor, riot helmets and shields, cannon launchers and police firearms and ammunition, according to federal spending data from watchdog group OpenTheBooks.com.
Some examples of the purchases include:
Nearly $2 million spent by the Department of Veterans Affairs on riot helmets, defender shields, body armor, a “milo return fire cannon system,” armored mobile shields, Kevlar blankets, tactical gear and equipment for crowd control.
Over $300,000 spent by the Food and Drug Administration on “ballistic vests and carriers” in fiscal 2014.
Over $200,000 on body armor spent by the Environmental Protection Agencyduring the Obama administration years, versus just $30,000 in the three previous fiscal years.
More than $28,000 by the Smithsonian Institution on body armor for its “zoo police and security officers” in fiscal 2012.