The IRS last week had filled out an order for spy equipment, as noted by CNS News, but just before noon Wednesday, canceled it.
The original order, as posted on FedBizOps.gov on June 6, solicited a variety of hidden surveillance cameras and clock radios:
(QTY 4) Plant Concealment Color 700 Lines Color IP Camera Concealment with Single Channel Network Server, supports dual video stream, Poe, software included, case included, router included
(QTY 4) Covert Coffee tray with Camera concealment
(QTY 4) Remote surveillance system, Built-in DVD Burner and 2 Internal HDDs, cameras
(QTY 2) Concealed clock radio
(QTY 4) Color IP Camera Concealment with single channel network server, supports dual video stream, poe, webviewer and cms software included, audio
The IRS' solicitation stated "the descriptions are vague due to the use and nature of the items." It wished to have vendors that could provide the items contact them by Monday afternoon.
"If no compelling responses are received, award will be made to the original solicited corporation," the posting stated.
CNS News, which called the solicitation a "rush order," then pointed out Wednesday that the notice had been canceled at 11:49 a.m.
It is unknown why the solicitation was canceled.
The IRS recently has been at the center of a scandal where it was accused of targeting conservative groups. More recently, the government, specifically the National Security Agency, has been criticized after a classified program revealing its collection of American's phone data was leaked.