Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s monitoring of how the media reports on the U.S. Department of State is about to cost taxpayers $173,000 – and that’s just for one year, WND has discovered.

What’s more, the department didn’t open up this “news clip service” procurement contract to competitive bidding – and it has blacked out portions of a document explaining the no-bid contract.

According to a partially redacted “Justification & Approval for Other Than Full and Open Competition,” or JOFOC, document that WND located via routine database research, “no other supplies or service will satisfy agency requirements.”

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