US Secret Service looks for media relations help

The US Secret Service is accepting responses to an RFQ in its search for a specialist to provide media relations and training assistance.

WASHINGTON: The US Secret Service is accepting responses to an RFQ in its search for a specialist to provide media relations and training assistance.

The winning firm or consultant would conduct training at Secret Service headquarters for up to 30 participants including employees in a three-day session, according to the RFQ documents.

The goal of the training program would be to prepare attendees for TV and radio interviews and "encounters with the media on routine matters as well as during crisis situations," according to the RFQ. The ultimate goal will be to help trainees feel "more confident and less apprehensive in the media environment."

The search for outside help comes after the Secret Service experienced a number of embarrassing incidents in recent years, including three employees being reprimanded after one reportedly passed out in a hotel hallway after a night out in Amsterdam.

In 2012, 12 agents were implicated in bringing prostitutes to their hotel rooms while President Barack Obama was on a trip to Colombia.

Bidders should have a minimum of three years’ experience working with government law-enforcement agencies, including federal law enforcement, in communications and media and public affairs training. Respondents should also have "specialized skills" for instruction and curriculum development, according to search documents.

A budget was not included in the RFQ, but the government expects to award a single contract with a 12-month base period and four one-year options, according to the documents.

Representatives from the Secret Service were not immediately available for comment.

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