Thank you for sharing your concerns regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) firearms solicitation.
Created in 2002, DHS oversees numerous federal agencies which are responsible for domestic security and natural disaster response. These include the Citizenship and Immigration Service (CIS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Coast Guard, the Secret Service, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).
Filed in June 2012, ICE solicited a purchase order for personal defense weapons (PDW) to be used in DHS law enforcement missions such as serving high-risk warrants and counter-narcotics enforcement. A PDW is defined as “a compact, select-fire firearm similar to a submachine gun that fires rifle rounds versus pistol rounds”. You may read the solicitation under Section C of the solicitation: https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=d791b6aa0fd9....
These rifles would allow for more cost-effective purchasing by the federal government for a common weapons used by the DHS which has roughly 130,000 sworn law enforcement officers. The solicitation includes provisions for a purchase of a minimum of 17 and a maximum of 7000 PDWs over a period of 5 years. These numbers were picked for budgetary planning reasons. At this time no final selection in terms of a specific weapon or the final numbers to be bought, have yet been determined.
Thank you also for sharing your concerns regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) procurement of ammunition.
In response to the President’s efforts to reduce duplicative government contracting and eliminate wasteful spending, the DHS awarded a contract in March 2012 to purchase 450 million rounds of .40 caliber pistol rounds over the next five years.
In February 2013, DHS solicited an ammunition order for a one-time order for 240,000 rounds to cover certain FLETC ammo requirements while a larger department-wide ammunition contract is finalized. You may read more about this at: https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=7e01b30fd254....
These purchase requests will allow for more cost-effective purchasing by the federal government for a common round used by the DHS which has roughly 130,000 sworn law enforcement officers. These solicitations are intended to provide enough ammunition for basic on-duty carry loads, emergency response situations, and sustained marksmanship training for the next five years.
Lastly, thank you for sharing your concerns regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) purchase of armored vehicles.
DHS has roughly 130,000 sworn law enforcement officers. DHS spokesmen have specifically described the purpose of the vehicles for serving high-risk warrants against drug traffickers and smugglers. The need for this type of protection can be seen in the May 2012 wounding of three ICE agents in San Francisco by gang members during a dangerous search.
Should legislation regarding these issues come before the Senate, I will certainly keep your views in mind. Thank you again for being in touch with me.
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