Who is receiving items acquisitioned from DoD Excess Property Program 1033 and what is the cost?

There has been a decent amount of public discussion about the trend towards the militarization of local police departments. A big contributor for this trend has been through items acquisitioned under the National Defense Authorization Act which enables DoD program 1033. This program enables excess military items to be provided to local police departments.   MuckRock openly provides data on these acquisitions that was obtained through freedom of information request.

https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/program-1033-aircraft-armored-vehicle-and-weapons-requests-7019/.

The access to this data enables a quantitative look at the flow and costs of these excess military items. The data was first processed using Python to calculate the quantity of items obtained by each state through Program 1033 as well as the net cost of these items in millions of dollars. This processed was plotted using Plotly and Matplotlib with basemap to plot on map graphics. The following plot shows the distribution of costs and quantities of military items for each state. The figure image links to the interactive version hosted on plotly here.
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Alternatively one can focus on just the costs of the items acquired under program 1033 for each state in units of millions of dollars.

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Scaling has been a theme in the last few posts and the following figure touches on that subject by showing how the quantities of the individual items is distributed.

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The items most commonly received are more along the lines of the items you can find at your local army surplus store as can be observed in the following list of the items received in the largest quantities.

Top Items Received

120669 MAGAZINE;CARTRIDGE
52981 SHIRT;COLD WEATHER
35490 FIELD PACK
32860 BANDAGE KIT;ELASTIC
30142 CHEST;AMMUNITION
26729 WIRE;ELECTRICAL
20367 GOGGLES;INDUSTRIAL
16952 SLEEPING BAG
14979 FLASHLIGHT
14734 BAR;METAL
13975 GOGGLES;BALLISTIC
13543 SIGHT;REFLEX
12096 BLANKET;BED
11744 MODULAR SLEEP SYSTE
11570 DRAWERS;MEN'S
11275 RUBBER SHEET;SOLID
11126 BANDAGE KIT
10402 SCREW;TAPPING
10207 STUFF SACK;COMPRESS
10204 HYDRATION SYSTEM
10016 UNDERSHIRT;COLD WEA
9859 DRESSING;COMPRESSION
9720 PAD;KNEE
9545 INTRENCHING TOOL;HA
9376 STRAP;TIEDOWN;ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS
9291 GLOVES;FLYERS'
9065 SAFETY GLASSES;REVI
8815 MODULE;TRAUMA
8782 MAT;SLEEPING
8412 HOOD;COLD WEATHER
8284 SPOON;FIELD MESS
8069 BIVY COVER
7993 POUCH;M4 THREE MAG
7740 FIRST AID KIT;UNIVERSAL
7506 DRAWERS;COLD WEATHE
7487 TUBE;METALLIC

 

 

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