Articles:Watch the Watchers with Federal Contracts Database

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The EFF has put together a quick tutorial[1] on finding out what sorts of surveillance technologies US federal agencies have been buying. This is accomplished with the search feature on FedBizOpps[2], a website for government contractors to find "federal business opportunities".

Examples of documents that anyone can retrieve from the database include the Director of National Intelligence's funding of a program to dramatically increase facial recognition algorithms[3], the FBI purchasing fiber-optic tapping systems[4] and a contract for drone programs in Burundi, Kenya and Uganda[5].

External links / Further reading

EFF Tutorial

Example of FBI Soliciting Malware

About the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Home page of the FBO (government contractors site)


  • Included Explanation of FedBizOpps
  • Links to the FedBizOpps site and example results mentioned in the article
  • Link to "About" page of the EFF, for background