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Justice Dept. spending $544K to improve its LinkedIn profile: report

- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Department of Justice has granted $544,338 to a government IT company to improve its company profile on LinkedIn, a social networking site for professionals.

The contract with Carahsoft Technology Corporation will give the government "unlimited access" to each of LinkedIn's 250 million users through the website's "Recruiter" service, the Washington Free Beacon first reported.

The DOJ's Criminal Division will use to profile to post job advertisements and seek potential hires, the online newspaper said.

"This will include an enhanced company profile within a large-scale, professional networking platform, and targeted online job advertising to attract highly-qualified Criminal Division employees and intern applicants as well as use the already existing Criminal Division presence," the contract said.

"The LinkedIn services will ... provide unlimited access to names and full profiles of all profiles in the LinkedIn database," according to a description of the deal, WFB reported. "No other vendor has access to this wealth of user information ... This will allow our ads to be served to qualified, potential applicants in a highly targeted manner."

The report points out several other terms of the contract, including a ban on contract employees texting while driving, "and an affirmative action policy to employ and advance workers with physical or mental disabilities."

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