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US Marshals Service Spent $800,000 on 'Swag'

An Inspector General with the Department of Justice recently conducted a review after an anonymous letter pointed to questionable spending by senior DOJ managers. The questionable spending was on promotional items purchased by the Investigative Operations Division of the United States Marshals Service.

Here are some of the findings from the report:

  • The division spent at least $793,000 on promotional items during between 2005 and 2010

  • Spending on promotional items increased by 975% during the 6-year period and vastly outpaced the growth of money appropriated to the division during the same period.

  • Specific examples over the last six years include, $155,000 on challenge coins, $11,000 on neckties and silk scarves bearing the US Marshals Service seal, $13,600 on US Marshals Service-themed Christmas ornaments, $16,000 on themed blankets and throws, and $36,500 on division lapel pins.

SOURCE: DOJ: A Review of theU.S. Marshals Service’s Use of Appropriated Funds to Purchase Promotional Items