This issue has been causing a lot of heart burn up in New York. First, it appeared that people could get $500 from the Department of Homeland Security for informing on their neighbors. DHS wants to know about potentially evil deeds like buying MRE's. Then after a lot of back pedaling among the bureaucracy, the new party line was "yes, we want you to squeal on your neighbors, but we will only pay for tips that end in arrests for firearms violations."
It still reeks that DHS is trying to get neighbors to inform on neighbors, coworkers on coworkers, friends on friends. That's National Socialism at it's best.