Inside the World's Biggest Buyer

June 11, 2012

The federal government has spent almost a billion dollars on lumber, plywood, millwork and veneer so far this year.

Agencies shelled out another $4 billion on books, maps and other publications.

And they spent another $883 million on railway equipment in fiscal 2012.

This is all on top of the $500 billion spent on tens of thousands of other products and services ranging from IT to food preparation and serving, to explosives to lighting fixtures and lamps.

Basically, if someone sells it, the government probably buys it. 

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