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The Department of Ed has Enforcement Powers Requiring Shot Guns?

On the Drudge Report yesterday I saw a link for a contract for the Department of Education for shot guns.  I’m having trouble wrapping my head around why this department should need shotguns.  So I asked.  🙂  Here is the reply I received:

Thank you for your email to []. [She] forwarded your email to the Office of Inspector General for response. 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 G.

Public Affairs Liaison

U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General

I don’t know, still seems weird to me.  What do you all think?

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