Friday, March 30, 2012

USDA now does intelligence

I have previously suggested that the Department of Agriculture be eliminated because they duplicate the functions of other agencies.  Now it seems the USDA wants to be in the intelligence gathering business:

"USDA, APHIS, Animal Care personnel need to monitor, collect and manage information from Internet sites for regulated activities throughout the United States. We require the expertise of an industry that utilizes technological advancements that can search the broad universe of Internet sources for information on individuals that are conducting regulated activities. This project is to be designed to evaluate vendor’s Internet Search Engine functionalities, user interface, and data to ensure that the data meets the Animal Care program needs."

There are at least 16 government agencies dedicated to intelligence gathering.  Add number 17 to the list.  Next they will need their own fancy office building in suburban Virginia or Maryland, since there aren't enough of those.

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