DOJ RFP: DI Strategic Technology Unit Social Media Exploitation

Notice ID 15F06722R0000005

“1.1 Background

The Directorate of Intelligence’s (DI) Strategic Technology Unit I (STU I) is responsible for managing internet search tools for Social Media Exploitation (SOMEX) of Publicly Available Information (PAI). These tools are used by Special Agents, Intelligence Analysts, Staff Operations Specialists (SOSs), and others around the FBI. The target materials are PAI, meaning no logins or court orders are required to access them. STU I requires tools that search on relevant websites to find PAI reliably and quickly. These tools provide critical information without being intrusive because the data they return is publicly available.

The DI’s Strategic Technology Section (STS) is developing a comprehensive strategy that matches SOMEX needs of the FBI workforce and its mission, incorporating broad and narrow-focused SOMEX capabilities. The Bureau is looking to acquire access to a system that compliments its current capabilities. STS aims to identify a complimentary tool, or suite of tools, to improve the end user’s tactical capabilities to evaluate the holistic threat picture.

STS recently conducted a wide-reaching survey of users and needs to understand every level of enterprise SOMEX requirements and capability gaps. Some gaps currently limit our users’ ability to dive deeper into specific threats and potential threat actors. The FBI is searching for a solution to that problem.

During an investigation or command post, the FBI needs the ability to search against relevant social media sources where threat activity occurs. Users need to be able to define searches that return relevant scoped results in a simple interface. Additional tactical requirements include data aggregation that leads to social network analysis, geospatial mapping, and image analytics. Furthermore, the ability to identify changes in social media profiles and broad access to publicly available information on the most widely used social media sources for enhanced link analysis is desired. At this time the FBI must identify a new tool, or suite of tools, that satisfy these gaps while also complimenting the strategic tool…”

“1.2 Scope

This contract will provide 5,000 licenses for a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software, including software maintenance support, training, and reach-back support, on a hybrid firm fixed price (FFP) basis with travel being reimbursed at cost. This contract is intended to satisfy the gaps in the FBI’s SOMEX capabilities…”

“2. Requirements/Specifications

The FBI requires a COTS PAI research software solution (‘tool’ or ‘software’) that can be used to

search for relevant data on the open web and from public sites. The tool will be used to identify social media and mobile messaging data and other relevant PAI on persons of interest and their associates under legal authorities available in an FBI assessment or predicated investigations. It shall allow user-defined searches on key words and topics, as well as geofencing capabilities. The tool shall provide real-time alerting capabilities via email and contain language translation within the tool. The FBI defines geofencing as a virtual perimeter for a real-world geographic area. The Contractor shall remain compliant with the FBI Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide (DIOG).

The tool shall be able to gather information across online and social media data sources:

  1. mainstream platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, LinkedIn;
  2. fringe platforms, such as 8Kun, Gab, Parler,;
  3. foreign platforms, such as VK,, Weibo;
  4. messaging apps, such as Telegram;
  5. other open platforms deemed necessary by the FBI.

The software shall be a website which users can access easily over the FBI unclassified system. It shall allow FBI users to log in with generic accounts which do not indicate name or affiliation of the users. It shall be able to search and retrieve data from as many websites as possible, in a low-footprint and/or anonymous manner. A Contractor may receive a strength for their ability to provide more data sources that outlined by the Government…”

“3 Period of Performance

The period of performance (POP) is anticipated to be one (1) 12-month base year and four (4) exercisable 12-month option years…”

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