Disparate Management of Small Arms by Federal Civil Agencies

LCD-81-5: Published: Oct 24, 1980. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 1980.

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A review was made of the management of small arms (handguns, rifles, and shotguns) by civilian agencies throughout the Federal Government.

GAO found that approximately 50,000 employees in more than 40 Federal civil agencies are assigned to carry small arms and ammunition. GAO reviewed how these agencies manage their small arms resources and capability and found that there was no central management guidance for civilian small arms. Also, management decisions were made independently by the agencies. Therefore, the management practices regarding small arms differ widely among agencies with similar missions.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Director of the Office of Management and Budget should establish an interagency committee composed of experts from the key affected agencies.

    Agency Affected: Executive Office of the President: Office of Management and Budget


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