Fedbizopps posted a notice today about DHS’s intention to award a sole-source firm-fixed price contract, at $266,400 over two years, to the Associated Press for newswire services:
The contractor shall provide news and information to the DHS Office of State and Local Government Coordination (OSLGC) to allow coordination, collection and sharing of information concerning state, local, tribal and territorial government and the first responder community. The scope of the work shall include news coverage, subscriptions, and web access.
The contractor shall provide comprehensive global news coverage, specifically news, photos, graphics, audio and video services. The contractor shall provide news and information to OSLGC at the same time as the newspapers. The news coverage reports shall cover all 50 state newswires as they are being distributed to the press agencies. These reports shall cover stories of regional and statewide interest for every state in the nation to include, but not limited to: breaking news, national security issues, world news, national news, news alerts, business news, and regional weather forecasts. In addition, the contractor shall provide a complete monitoring of the Homeland Security news.
In the era of Google News, Yahoo! News, and numerous other free online services to find wire stories in near-real-time, why is DHS spending money to buy this service? This is a complete waste of the taxpayers’ money.