IRS’ mysterious urgent purchase order for spying equipment

As if the employees and higher-ups at the Internal Revenue Service haven’t embroiled the agency in enough scandal, a new one has just popped up that has government observers engaged in a bit of head-scratching. The agency is purchasing surveillance equipment.


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Making it even more of a mystery, the IRS seems in something of a rush to buy it. The agency solicited bids on Thursday for, among other items, hidden cameras in coffee trays, plants and clock radios, and made a deal four days later, June 10, according to CNS News.

“The Internal Revenue Service intends to award a Purchase Order to an undisclosed Corporation,” according to the bid request.

“The following descriptions are vague due to the use and nature of the items,” it continued.

“If you feel that you can provide the following equipment, please respond to this email no later than 4 days after the solicitation date.”

It then listed the items the IRS is seeking to purchase as follows:

(QTY 4) Plant Concealment Color 700 Lines Color IP Camera Concealment with Single Channel Network Server, supports dual video stream, Poe, software included, case included, router included

(QTY 4) Covert Coffee tray with Camera concealment

(QTY 4) Remote surveillance system, Built-in DVD Burner and 2 Internal HDDs, cameras

(QTY 2) Concealed clock radio

(QTY 4) Color IP Camera Concealment with single channel network server, supports dual video stream, poe, webviewer and cms software included, audio

The bid request notes the “Place of performance” as being “1111 Constitution Ave North West, District of Columbia 20224, United States,” which is the headquarters building for the IRS according to Google Maps.

The agency’s troubles began with the discovery that it had targeted conservative organizations seeking tax-exempt status, a scandal that began with a few Ohio agents, and has so far mushroomed to 88 agents and touched senior IRS officials in Washington.

Then it was the lavish agency conferences, including a $1.499 a night room for IRS commissioner Faris Fink, and featured idiotic “Star Wars,” “Gilligan’s Island” and instructional dance routines, all performed by IRS personnel.

Now there’s this. Although the quantities being ordered indicate they’ll be used in-house, one nonetheless has to wonder — what on Earth do they need with this stuff?

One thing’s for sure, though. If I ever get an IRS letter announcing that I’m the lucky winner of a brand new clock-radio, I’m gonna say, “Thanks, but no thanks.”

H/T CNS News


10 thoughts on “IRS’ mysterious urgent purchase order for spying equipment

  1. KB Cook says:

    Welcome to the advancement of Orwell's dystopia.

    "Winston came across to examine the picture. … 'The frame's fixed to the wall,' said the old man, 'but I could unscrew it for you, I dare say.'" (1984, p. 82)

  2. willard says:

    a national sale tax would fix all the problems in washington

  3. Hope they catch one of their own doing something illegal!

  4. Mikey says:

    Yeah and more heroine will FIX all my problems at home

  5. Kenneth Clark says:

    What do you think they would do… Target their own? Braaahahahaha.

    Its for we little people. Set it up in their little auditing room and make us squirm for their amusement and new training videos to view at their multi-million dollar party seminars.

  6. Idaho_karen says:

    Evaluating the technology would be my guess; for later implementation in all the IRS offices.

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