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Secret Service wants to monitor social media and other open sources for intelligence
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The U.S. Secret Service is keeping its cards close to its chest, but it appears that the agency wants to improve the way it monitors social media and collects information from “open sources” on the Internet and elsewhere.
The Secret Service issued a solicitation on July 29, that will be 100 percent set aside for small business, for a software tool that can gather intelligence from a diverse group of publicly-available sources.
“The Government is seeking licenses for software solutions involving, but not limited to, real-time open source intelligence monitoring,” said the agency’s solicitation document.
The Secret Service, which typically would post the “statement of work” for a required contract on the FedBizOpps Web site, in this instance is being more reluctant to share the complete description of the required effort by the selected contractor. “The full Statement of Work (SOW) is being made available only to contractors that respond to this notice/solicitation…,” says the Secret Service.
The agency envisions a firm-fixed-price contract that will cover a one-year base period of performance (running from Sept. 1, 2013 through August 31, 2014), plus four separate one-year option periods.
Even though no commercial company is currently performing this work, the Secret Service indicated in its solicitation that the technical requirement itself is not new. “There is not an incumbent contractor associated with this work,” said the agency, in reply to a prospective vendor’s question, adding, “This is not a brand-new requirement, as indicated in the solicitation.”
Further information is available from Andrew Baker, of the Secret Service, at 202-406-6830 or firstname.lastname@example.org.