UPDATE: IRS Cancels Order for Spy Cameras (Plants, Coffees, Radio, etc…)
IRS Cancels Order for Spying Equipment
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has cancelled its purchase order for surveillance equipment, which had included coffee trays with hidden cameras and cameras that could be hidden in plants.
The IRS issued the cancellation on Wednesday at 11:49 a.m.
IRS Buying Spying Equipment: Covert Cameras in Coffee Trays, Plants
The IRS, currently in the midst of scandals involving the targeting of conservative groups and lavish taxpayer-funded conferences, is ordering surveillance equipment that includes hidden cameras in coffee trays, plants and clock radios.
The IRS wants to secure the surveillance equipment quickly – it posted a solicitation on June 6 and is looking to close the deal by Monday, June 10. The agency already has a company lined up for the order but is not commenting on the details.
Tax tracks: IRS buys spy equipment amid spending scandal
A government procurement list published on a US government website states that the IRS “intends to award a Purchase Order to an undisclosed Corporation.”
The list of specified equipment the tax-collecting agency is looking to procure includes four “Covert Coffee tray(s) with Camera concealment” as well as two “Concealed clock radio(s).”
Another procurement item, which would make even James Bond green with envy, includes surveillance equipment to hide in plants: “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.”