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DRS Technologies Goes After CBP Integrated Fixed Tower Contract

DRS Technologies Monday announced that it intends to pursue Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Integrated Fixed Towers (IFT) program. CBP’s big, new, post-Secure Border Initiative (SBInet) program, the sensor initiative is a multi-million dollar effort to monitor Border Patrol’s gaps along the southern border by "provid[ing] automated, persistent wide area surveillance for the detection, tracking,… Keep Reading

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DHS Industry Day Set for March 18

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) clarified Friday that only two representatives of individual companies can attend its upcoming departmentwide industry day set for March 18. DHS initially implied that some exceptions could be made, but demand for space at the industry day, which will occur somewhere in the metropolitan area of Washington, DC, will… Keep Reading

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TSA Discusses Effort to Expand PreCheck Trusted Traveler Program

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently elaborated upon its initiative to expand the number of Americans eligible for prescreening under its PreCheck trusted traveler system, emphasizing it was looking for new ideas under a market research effort. The third-party initiative, first announced Jan. 8, asks industry to come up with ideas to rapidly expand the… Keep Reading

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Coast Guard Looks for Small Biz to Support Design Review of Fast Response Cutters

The US Coast Guard (USCG) is looking for a small business to provide engineering support to assist with design review and validation of its Fast Response Cutters (FRCs). The FRCs, also known as Sentinel-class cutters, are being built in Lockport, La., with prime contractor Bollinger Shipyards. The Coast Guard asked disadvantaged small businesses, classified as… Keep Reading

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Omnilert Rolls Out Interactive Communications Feature for Emergency Alerts

Omnilert LLC, a communications company in Leesburg, Va., Tuesday unveiled a solution that enables recipients of emergency alerts to respond back tothose alerts, potentially sending vital information back to emergency managers. SMS Inbox provides those on the receiving end of alerts to reply to text messages directly or to reply with a special keyword designated… Keep Reading

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DHS Explores Contractor Support to National Infrastructure Coordinating Center

The National Infrastructure Coordinating Center (NICC) at the Department of the Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for keeping an eye open for threats to important US assets, and it may soon need contractor assistance.   DHS released a request for information (RFI) Monday to lay the groundwork for potentially hiring contractors to staff the NICC… Keep Reading

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UK Airport Hosts Successful Test of Infrared Full Body Scanner

In a recent trial, a UK airport successfully tested a full body scanner for passenger screening manufactured by a Massachusetts company that relies upon infrared rather than X-ray or radio energy. Bristol Airport in England tested the Iscon Video Imaging Mini-Portal body scanner in a five-day test, finding it an effective alternative to conducting pat-downs… Keep Reading

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Cornyn Calls for Public-Private Efforts to Fund Improvements at Ports of Entry

A bill proposed by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) would change the way funding, and thus purchases for infrastructure and technology, would occur at US ports of entry.  The Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act of 2013 (S. 178), which Cornyn introduced on Jan. 30, would facilitate public-private partnerships that could raise money and spend it on staffing… Keep Reading

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DHS Research Project Aims to Significantly Improve Explosive Detection

Researchers at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are hoping to vastly improve explosive detection systems (EDS) to more quickly and accurately identify improvised explosive devices for carry-on and checked baggage at US airports. To that end, the DHS Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate released a draft broad agency announcement (BAA) on Dec. 20 and… Keep Reading

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Business Roundtable to Hold TSA Industry Engagement Day

A nonprofit group of business leaders plans to hold an industry engagement day with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at TSA headquarters on Feb. 19, TSA announced Tuesday. The Washington Homeland Security Roundtable (WHSR) stood up its industry engagement group last year "to work with TSA at an enterprise level on fundamental issues and in… Keep Reading

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TSA Looks for Ways to Use Data to Expand PreCheck Trusted Travelers

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Monday held an industry day to explore the possibility of using commercial data to prescreen air passengers and thus speed their physical screening at US airports. TSA has been putting trusted travelers through expedited screening through its PreCheck program but the agency is now seeking ways to expand the population… Keep Reading

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More Info on BioWatch 3 Revealed in Draft Solicitation

More information on plans at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for a faster and more capable biodetection system in US cities became available Friday with the release of a draft solicitation under its BioWatch program. DHS said its draft request for proposals (RFP) for BioWatch Gen-3 heralds an upcoming industry day, not yet scheduled,… Keep Reading

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DHS Researchers Gauge Industry Capabilities to Support Rapid Prototyping

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate asked companies Wednesday for information on their research and development capabilities in support of rapid prototyping. The S&T Directorate released the request for information (RFI) as a means to weighing potential industry support for future rapid prototyping initiatives. While S&T did not commit to requesting proposals… Keep Reading

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FEMA to Brief Industry on New Approach to Temporary Disaster Housing

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is developing a new strategy for temporary housing units for disaster survivors and has invited the housing industry and other suppliers to learn more about it during an upcoming industry day. On Feb. 19, FEMA will hold two half-day briefings — one for mobile housing manufacturers, and the other for hauling… Keep Reading

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GE Rolls Out Cybersecurity Solutions for Industrial Control Systems

GE Measurement and Control, a division of GE Oil and Gas in Boston, Mass., unveiled new cybersecurity software and hardware for industrial control systems Tuesday.  The new GE CAP Software Update and SecurityST Appliance provide solutions to protect particularly vulnerable industrial control systems, many of which were designed by companies without security protection because they… Keep Reading

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Draft Solicitation for BioWatch Gen-3 Program Released

Perhaps the largest single contract competition at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for fiscal year 2013 began Friday with the release of a draft announcement seeking support for the latest version of the BioWatch biological agent detection program. The draft request for quote (RFQ) stated that DHS will soon hold an industry day in Washington,… Keep Reading

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Implant Sciences Receives TSA Approval for Explosives Trace Detectors

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has approved an explosives trace detection (ETD) device from Implant Sciences Corp., Wilmington, Mass., for use in screening air cargo, the company announced Thursday. The Implant Sciences’ Quantum Sniffer QS-B220 can identify trace amounts of many different explosives as well as drugs, according to the company. The sniffer can test… Keep Reading

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Domestic Nuclear Detection Office Seeks Researchers to Address Challenges

The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Wednesday released a solicitation seeking assistance from the private sector in support of its mission to prevent nuclear and radiological terrorism. In a broad agency announcement (BAA), DNDO said it would accept proposals to support exploratory research in seven specific areas, including new or improved semiconductors for radiation sensing,… Keep Reading

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Sandy Recovery Improvement Act Could Benefit Debris Removal Contractors

The Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 (HR 219), passed by the House Monday, potentially could pave the way to putting more money into the pockets of legitimate debris removal contractors faster. The provisions of the act, which passed the House 403-0, include authorization to make permanent a Debris Removal Pilot Program conducted under the… Keep Reading

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Security Firm Receives TSA Airport Security Bridge Contract Despite Bid Protest Loss

FirstLine Transportation Security of Cleveland, Ohio, received an award for a 12-month bridge contract for private security screening services at Kansas City International Airport while the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) evaluates proposals for a contract award under the Screening Partnership Program (SPP) at the airport, TSA announced Monday. The award was delayed due to a… Keep Reading

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