How much feds pay to monitor media?
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s monitoring of how the media reports on the U.S. Department of State is about to cost taxpayers $173,000 – and that’s just for one year, WND has discovered.
What’s more, the department didn’t open up this “news clip service” procurement contract to competitive bidding – and it has blacked out portions of a document explaining the no-bid contract
According to a partially redacted “Justification & Approval for Other Than Full and Open Competition,” or JOFOC, document that WND located via routine database research, “no other supplies or service will satisfy agency requirements.”
The value of the contract is blacked out on the document – even though the State Department separately posted the cost of the contract award, #SAQMMA12C0174, on the FedBizOpps system.
The discovery comes at a time when the department separately is planning to buy and distribute its own “media” packages worldwide. As WND reported, the Obama administration appears to be creating what is tantamount to its own propaganda ministry by soliciting the help of “global news coverage service providers” to create and disseminate department “news.”
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