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Below is a Federal solicitation seeking qualified individuals or firms to engage in a contract for data mining the Internet for non-compliance with the Animal Welfare Act. This ultimately will have 7 targets but during the six month demo period, one of two targets will be the sale of puppies.

Click on the link to read the solicitation document.

This is under the direction of Sarah Conant, formerly of the HSUS and now the chief of compliance of the USDA/APHIS.

Might be a fine time to write your Senators and Representatives.

Eric

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USDA/APHIS: INTERNET DATA MINING
https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportu...84e333790b21abc656ca0b&tab=core&tabmode=list&

http://tinyurl.com/6vecbfh


The APHIS division of the USDA has issued a public notice looking for IT
technology vendors to design a system to data mine the Internet looking for information on animal owners. Your taxpayer dollars are being used to pay for this.

"The USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Animal Care (AC), has a new requirement for Internet Data Mining Services to gather information from a variety of Internet sites in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and Horse Protection Act (HPA), for the enforcement of basic standards of care and treatment of regulated animals for commercial sale, used in research and transported commercially, or exhibited to the public in the United States."
 

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Here's the full Statement of Work. You may certainly cross-post this.

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INTERNET DATA MINING – RFP

Solicitation Number: AG-6395A-S-12-0035

Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Location: Administrative Services Division/Purchasing

Background

The USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
(APHIS), Animal Care (AC), has a new requirement for Internet Data
Mining Services to gather information from a variety of Internet sites
in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and Horse Protection Act
(HPA), for the enforcement of basic standards of care and treatment of
regulated animals for commercial sale, used in research and transported
commercially, or exhibited to the public in the United States.


https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportun...=core&_cview=0

http://tinyurl.com/c63lut5

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Excerpt:

PART I – STATEMENT OF WORK

Internet Data Monitoring

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal
and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Animal Care (AC),
Riverdale, MD, has a requirement for a contractor to provide internet
surveillance/data mining for individuals that are conducting Animal
Welfare Act or Horse Protection Act regulated activities domestically
within the United States.


A. BACKGROUND

Animal Care is charged with enforcing the Animal Welfare
Act (AWA) and the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The AWA requires that
basic standards of care and treatment be provided for regulated animals
for commercial sale, used in research, transported commercially, or
exhibited to the public. Individuals who operate facilities in these
categories must provide their animals with adequate care and treatment
in the areas of housing, handling, sanitation, nutrition, water,
veterinary care, and protection from extreme weather and temperatures.

The HPA prohibits horses subjected to a practice called
soring from participating in shows, sales, exhibitions, or auctions.
Soring is a cruel and abusive practice used to accentuate a horse’s
gait. It may be accomplished by irritating or blistering a horse’s
forelegs through the application of chemicals such as mustard oil or the
use of mechanical devices. The HPA also prohibits drivers from
transporting sored horses to or from any of these events. APHIS works
actively with the horse industry to protect against such abuse and
ensure that only sound and healthy horses participate in shows.

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. The results
of the 6 month initial pilot project will determine the feasibility of
extending the contract.


B. OBJECTIVES

The vendor shall create modules that shall monitor
regulated activities. The module shall provide identification,
categorization and analysis of Web sites to identify persons suspected
of conducting regulated activities without the required license or
registration or illegal activities involving horse shows, sales,
exhibitions, or auctions. The jurisdiction of the AWA and HPA are
confined to the United States and its territories, so these modules
shall only search for these criteria that occur in the United States.

The regulated activities to monitor are grouped into the
following seven modules:

1) Sales of animals used as pets (all warm blooded animals)

2) Sales of wild and exotic animals

3) Animals exhibited to the public for compensation

4) Animals used for research, teaching, testing, and
experimentation

5) Commercial transportation of animals

6) Horse shows, sales, exhibitions, and auctions (such
as Tennessee Walking Horses)

7) Animal auctions

During the initial 6 months period of this contract, the
vendor shall monitor two of the predetermined modules above, Sales of
animal used as pets; and Horse shows, sales, exhibitions and auctions.
After evaluation of the services provided, subsequent modules may be
added contingent upon the success of the pilot project, not to exceed
the modules listed above. For each module, the contractor shall work
with Animal Care personnel to identify the search parameters needed to
accomplish each of the modules above.


C. CONTRACTOR TASKS AND DELIVERABLES



Project Management: The Contractor shall assign a Project
Manager for this initiative to oversee the development of the project,
ensure the timely accomplishment of each task and provide the
Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR) with a contractor
point of contact for this contract.

A. Tasks
The tasks to be accomplished shall include:

1) During the initial 6 months pilot project period of
this contract, the contractor shall focus on individuals or businesses
engaged in the Sale of Animals Used as Pets; and Horse shows, sales,
exhibitions, and auctions.


2) The contractor shall use their data mining and
search engine capabilities to scan the entire Internet for businesses or
individuals suspected of conducting AWA or HPA regulated activities
without the required license or registration or illegal activities
involving horse shows, sales, exhibitions, or auctions within the
domestic United States and its territories. THE SCAN SHALL BE VIA
INTERNET WEB TECHNOLOGY SEARCH ENGINE TOOLS, NOT A HUMAN BEING. The
Internet sources include, but are not limited to:



· Global Domain Registrations

· World Wide Web

· Social Networking Web Sites

· Web logs (Blogs)

· IRC/Chat conversations

· Message Boards

· Public email groups and discussion forums

· Usenet Data

· Auctions - eBay.com and Yahoo.com Auctions

3) The Contractor shall collaborate with AC personnel
to establish the appropriate search criteria for the identifying
individuals or businesses engaged in the Sale of Animals Used as Pets;
and Horse shows, sales, exhibitions, and auctions. The contractor shall
promptly notify AC if there are any complications with the established
search criteria.

4) The Contractor shall meet with AC officials to
discuss search criterion in person, by telephone conference call or
webinar. No travel costs for contractors are covered under this contract.

5) The Contractor shall make search data from the Sale
of Animals Used as Pets; and Horse shows, sales, exhibitions, and
auctions modules accessible online to the government via a Web Portal
Display. The portal is made up of the following components:

· Dashboard to monitor activity across multiple solutions and users

· Case management system

· Message center

· Permissions-based user access

· Ad-hoc query access to client-specific data

· Ad-hoc query access to Vendor’s database of registered Domain Names

6) Contractor Intelligence Analysts shall review the
pool of suspected data items generated by the Internet search tool to
identify relevant data from the Internet. Contractor Intelligence
Analysts shall summarize the findings as well as highlight the highest
priority data according to agreed-upon criteria. The summary shall be
delivered monthly via email and to the case management system of the Web
Portal Display.

7) The Web Portal Display system shall be fully
configured within fifteen (15) business days from receipt of the
required Government’s data. The first data from the module shall be
available to the Government within thirty days (30) from system
configuration.

8) The Contractor shall provide training on Web Portal
Display system for reviewing of reports or search results to the COTR or
alternate and AC personnel. Sessions shall be conducted via webinar.

9) Contractor shall provide a “help desk” option,
where assistance can be found if questions arise from the reports or
search results.
 

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Thank you very much.
 
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