Anti-Pinkerton Act

Anti-Pinkerton Act
Great Seal of the United States
Other short titles Sundry Civil Appropriations Act of 1893
Long title An Act making appropriations for sundry civil expenses of the Government for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and ninety-four, and for other purposes.
Acronyms (colloquial) APA
Nicknames Anti-Pinkerton Act of 1893
Enacted by the 52nd United States Congress
Effective March 3, 1893
Public law 52-208
Statutes at Large 27 Stat. 572 aka 27 Stat. 591
Titles amended 5 U.S.C.: Government Organization and Employees
U.S.C. sections created 5 U.S.C. ch. 31, subch. I ยง 3108
Legislative history

The Anti-Pinkerton Act was a law passed by the U.S. Congress in 1893 to limit the federal government's ability to hire private investigators or mercenaries.

The Anti-Pinkerton Act is contained within 5 U.S.C. 3108 and purports to specifically restrict the government of the United States (as well as that of the District of Columbia) from hiring employees of Pinkerton or similar organizations. In actuality, the United States government is a significant customer of private security service and have made use of private military contractors in the past.

Statement of the Act

That hereafter no employee of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, or similar agency, shall be employed in any Government service or by any officer of the District of Columbia.

External links

  • "Comments Concerning the Anti-Pinkerton Act" (PDF). U.S. GAO ~ B-139965. U.S. Government Accountability Office. March 6, 1980.

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