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Under Continuing Resolution, DHS Largely Escapes Sequestration

Congress agreed Thursday to a continuing resolution (HR 933) to fund the federal government for the rest of fiscal year 2013, providing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with a full budget that takes most of the sting out of the automatic budget cuts under sequestration. At least for now. Previously, DHS faced cuts across the… Keep Reading

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FEMA Extends GIS Contract to New Light Technologies

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently doubled a contract to support geospatial information systems (GIS) for disaster response and recovery operations. New Light Technologies Inc., Washington, DC, received an increase in an existing contract ceiling from $3.5 million to $6.9 million, FEMA announced on March 15. FEMA said extension of the contract to New… Keep Reading

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Border Security Expo Attracts High-Tech, Few Feds

Technology innovators specializing in everything from drones to surveillance radars, and armored vehicles to wearable cameras, flocked to the Phoenix Convention Center last week to attend the much-anticipated Border Security Expo. And while it was easy to spot lots of new, innovative technologies for border security, it was far more difficult to find a senior… Keep Reading

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UAS Association Says Drone Market will Create 70,000 Jobs in Next 3 Years

A new study of the economic impact from the expected explosion in the US drone market in the United States concluded that the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry could create more than 70,000 new jobs with an economic effect of more than $13 billion in the first three years after the integration of UAS into the… Keep Reading

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DHS Awards EAGLE Contracts to More Small Businesses

Another round of acquisition awards recently provided seven small businesses with seats on the strategic sourcing contract for information technology services at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Information Technology Acquisition Center (ITAC), part of the DHS Office of Procurement Operations, recognized the capabilities of the contractors to fulfill task orders for independent test… Keep Reading

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Panasonic To Begin Shipping Rugged Windows 8 Tablet For Government

Panasonic Corp. later this month plans to release a fully ruggedized tablet computer based on the new Windows 8 operating system. In an interview with Homeland Security Today at Border Security Expo in Phoenix, Ariz., Douglas Miorandi, sales manager for Panasonic’s Strategic Products Group, demonstrated the new Windows 8-based Toughpad FZ-G-1. Miorandi said the world’s thinnest… Keep Reading

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EXCLUSIVE: DNDO Exercise Will Test First Responders’ Abilities to Detect Radiological, Nuclear Materials

Manufacturers of radiological and nuclear detection equipment designed for first responders will have the opportunity to display their wares and to provide "refresher" training for responders already using their products during a week-long exercise in August sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO). The DNDO’s first ever National Radiological… Keep Reading

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Indestructible Self-Healing Chips Developed by CalTech with DARPA, Air Force Research Lab Funding

Funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Air Force Research Laboratory, a team of engineers at the California Institute of Technology’s (Caltech) High-Speed Integrated Circuits Lab today announced that they have developed the first self-healing integrated chips. It’s a development that has important applications to both homeland and national security, according to the… Keep Reading

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DHS May Cut or Cancel Select Contracts Due to Sequester

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may cut, curtail or cancel certain contracts in the remainder of the fiscal year because of sequestration, its chief procurement officer cautioned in a recent notice to its contractors. The department has not yet made any determinations as to which if any contracts the sequester will affect, but it… Keep Reading

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Saving Money, Keeping Up with More Rapid Prototyping

About a year ago, Booz Allen Hamilton hosted a group of scientists who used the company’s 3-D printing facilities. The scientists designed and fabricated a unit that could fit popular smartphones and turn their camera into a functioning spectrometer. "We could take an image and develop a spectrogram of that and use it to identify… Keep Reading

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TSA Management of Airport Security Credentialing Project Questioned

In 2004, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a sole source contract to provide background checks in support of security badges for access to airport facilities. In response to airport concerns several years later, TSA stood up a managed program with three vendors to provide choices to airports for their background checks. However, the resulting… Keep Reading

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DHS Funds Spiderman-Like Technology to Stop Vehicles

It’s called the Safe, Quick, Undercarriage Immobilization Device (SQUID). And according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate’s (S&T) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Office, it’s a Spiderman-like“super-strong webbing … to stop vehicles in their tracks.” S&T said that a need to stop vehicles remotely that was identified by the law… Keep Reading

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DHS Warns of Service Cuts in Sequester, Postpones Industry Day

Automatic budget cuts known as the sequester took hold across the federal government Friday, including at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which warned industry of delays resulting from the cuts to its operations. Chief among those delays was the postponement of a DHS industry day originally scheduled for March 18 at the Washington Convention… Keep Reading

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Ideas for Biotechnology Development Center Sought

As the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) begins to build its new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kan., it is asking for industry feedback on a planned part of the lab that would transfer technology to companies producing biodefenses. The planned Biotechnology Development Module (BDM), which is being established to fight biological… Keep Reading

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FEMA Weighs Value of Geospatial Information Services

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Office of Response and Recovery may seek a contractor to manage its current and future geospatial technical support services. FEMA released a request for information (RFI) asking for companies to indicate their capabilities and interest in supporting the Disaster Management and Support Environment (DMSE) Program Management Office, which provides enterprise… Keep Reading

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Coast Guard Issues Final Awards Under TABSS Contract for Financial Management

The US Coast Guard (USCG) made the final round of awards recently under its Technical, Acquisition and Business Support Services (TABSS) contract to companies providing financial management support services. Six companies won final spots on the $11-billion indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle, which can be used by the Coast Guard or any other agency… Keep Reading

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DHS Places Industry Day at Washington Convention Center

In a recent special notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it will hold its upcoming annual industry day at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, on Monday, March 18. DHS also opened registration to the industry day, encouraging large and small businesses to send up to two representatives to attend two… Keep Reading

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DHS Considering Techniques for Attribution of Chemical Attacks

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has collected white papers for solutions that can identify the "nature and source of materials" used in an attack with chemical threat agents and thus attribute them to specific perpetrators. But DHS will require a little more time to evaluate those white papers in hopes of generating full proposals… Keep Reading

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Nett Warrior Radio to Enable Commercial Solution for Remote Network Access

Although the US Army has specific equipment requirements for its soldiers in the field, including ruggedization, it sometimes pays to look to commercial developments for more power and a lower price. Case in point, the Army’s effort to get network capability similar to civilian smart phones into the hands of soldiers. The Army initially developed… Keep Reading

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FEMA Reaches Out to PR Firms for Help with Ready Campaign

Ready? Set? Go! Beware. Prepare. Compare. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) probably wants better slogans for its public service announcements than these half-hearted suggestions for its Ready campaign. So it’s seeking sources that can come up with one and provide full marketing services to get the word out. In a notice Tuesday, FEMA said it… Keep Reading

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