The Social Security Administration‘s request to industry for 174,000 rounds of hollow-point bullets is standard issue for the agency’s 295 special agents and supervisory special agents, SSA’s office of the inspector general said in a blog post.
According to the OIG, those bullets are also standard-issue for the majority of law enforcement agencies and officers.
Those agents, who work in 66 offices across the U.S., have full law enforcement authority to execute search warrants and make arrests when investigating crimes against the agency, the OIG said.
In August, the SSA put the request on FedBizOpps for the .357 bullets, designed to expand once they enter a target and also disrupting more tissue as they travel through a target.
SSA agents investigate allegations of Social Security fraud and respond to threats against SSA offices, employees and customers.