From NextGov:

The National Security Agency has begun recruiting spy-tech inventors on the of Beltway contractor jobs. 

The agency posted a special notice to, right before the holidays, advertising work for small companies that develop “innovative technologies.”

An NSA spokesman told Nextgov on Wednesday afternoon, “NSA’s posting on FedBizOpps is intended to reach out to vendors that may not know now to do business with the agency and to direct vendors to NSA’s website for more information.” 

The Dec. 17 notice is short on specifics and long on administrative procedures. The one-paragraph post offers few specifics on the broad agency announcement for “innovative mission capabilities.” Would-be covert developers must apply for online access to at least two restricted websites for more information. But the listing does provide the name, phone number and email address of the contracting officer.

The publicity is a first for NSA. In fact, the agency’s website, as of Dec. 31, stated that “NSA does no ‘open’ procurements;’ therefore, you will never see an NSA requirement on FEDBIZOPPS.”

After navigating to the webpage flagged in the notice, companies will see steps for registering to access NSA’s Acquisition Resource Center, a database of spy work opportunities. 

Any firm that wants to do business with NSA must obtain login credentials by entering certain business identification information, such as a DUNS number. As of October 2010, the database included about 9,300 companies, according to a January 2012 Government Accountability Office audit

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