posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 08:50 AM
reply to post by mwood
I think you hit the nail squarely on the head. For those who don't know, this a common practice called "staging".
The idea is to generate budgeted allotments of purchase orders and invoice requirements to account for expenditures that one branch cannot sustain or
account for on its own. They did this with the Navy SEALS in the early days. They would show paid invoices for stuff like toilet seats and paper clips
that showed these items costing way in excess of their actual costs. The allocations matched the expenditures, but the actual items purchased left a
remaining balance. The remaining balances were not tracked and therefore didn't exist. That money was then siphoned into the teams and used for
material purchases and weapons experiments.
In this case, they're allotting an overall requirement and spreading it out over a multitude of divisions. Each one of these divisions has
specifically requested inclusions to allow for their purchases...and they have buffered their expectations based upon a 3 year requirement. The DOD
then expanded upon the "buffer" by adding their own additional buffer. Congress passed the requirements privately and upheld the purchase orders
through ways and means. Each of the major divisions gets an allotment which exceeds their expectations by about 120%. Notice too, this is "small
arms" ammunition. This could easily be explained away by saying that investigators would need to have pistol ammo. However, based on usage statistics
for small arms ammunition expenditures, less than 40,000 bullets have been actually fired by postal investigators in the last year. All of those were
You've got the right idea here. Its also a smoking gun, to illicit a pun, that the post office has laid off so many people in the past few years, but
NEEDS more ammunition...Interesting to say the least.