House Committee Wants to Know How Many Firearms DHS Lost

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is asking the Department of Homeland Security to provide details on the badges, cell phones and guns that recently went missing at the agency.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson asking for details about the badges, cell phones and guns that were recently reported missing by the agency.

“The fact that hundreds of badges and cell phones are missing gives rise to a variety of different security threat possibilities. It is particularly troubling, however, that the Department cannot account for its entire inventory of firearms,” wrote Chaffetz.

As part of the Committee’s investigation into the matter, the letter asked Johnson to provide the following no later than March 4:

  • Documentation showing the inventory and total cost of lost and stolen DHS property including badges, firearms and cell phones from FY 2012 – 2015
  • Documentation showing the inventory of all firearms owned by DHS for FY 2012 – 2015
  • Procedures for reporting lost or stolen DHS property

House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Letter to DHS, February 19, 2016

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