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Secret Service needs help performing forensic analyses on cell phones and credit and debit cards

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The U.S. Secret Service is planning to award a contract to a vendor that can supply highly qualified “research associates” who could support efforts by the Secret Service, the Treasury Department, the IRS and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit of DHS to perform forensic examinations of cell phones and credit and debit cards.

Much of the cell phone and credit and debit card forensic analysis would take place at the Secret Service’s Cell Phone Forensic Facility, located on the campus of the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. This facility has a three-pronged mission: (1) to train law enforcement agents in embedded device forensics, (2) to develop new hardware and software solutions for extracting such data, and (3) applying these new solutions to support criminal investigations by the Secret Service and its partner agencies.

At the University of Tulsa, the research associates will examine cell phone devices “that cannot be processed through vendor purchased software,” says the solicitation’s statement of work. They will also attempt to “capture the data stored on credit and debit cards.”

Work is typically completed with Python scripting, IDA Pro decompiler software, as well as various custom Linux based tools,” said the Secret Service document. “Strengths in these software examples are required.”

A third task, computer coding, which requires a strong background in HTML5, Java, C+ and C++, will be performed at the offices of the Homeland Security Investigations unit in Fairfax, VA.

Finally, Windows systems programming, which requires a proficiency in Microsoft Windows programming, will take place at the IRS electronic crimes technology and support center in Springfield, VA.

The Secret Service intends to award a contract for a one-year base period plus four one-year options, says the statement of work. Responses to the RFP are due by August 1.

Further information is available from Siobhan Mullen, a contracting specialist with the Secret Service, at 202-406-6818 or [email protected].


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