Archive: Homeland Defense

Crossmatch Verifier Sentry handheld smart card and fingerprint reader used to authenticate people and their credentials. Photo: Crossmatch

Coast Guard Mulls Delays To Implementing TWIC Reader Rule

After receiving comments from industry following the publication last year of a final rule governing the implementation of smart card readers for access control at secure areas of the nation’s ports, the Coast Guard is considering delaying implementation of the guidance, a service official said on Monday. The feedback from industry included “concerns with the […]

Coast Guard Approves Plans To Move Forward With Small UAS Acquisition

The Coast Guard last week said its acquisition authorities have approved a plan to begin soliciting bids for a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) that can operate from its new high-endurance cutter fleet. Release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the small UAS is expected before the end of 2017, a spokeswoman for the […]

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DHS Reaching Out To Silicon Valley For Help With Land Border Biometric Exit

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) branch last Friday issued a call for proposals from start-up and other emerging high technology companies for help in identifying the identities of all travelers departing the U.S. by vehicles at its land ports using facial recognition. The call was put out through S&T’s fast […]

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GAO Denies Northrop Grumman Protest Of DHS Cyber Security Award To Raytheon

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) earlier this month rejected a protest by Northrop Grumman [NOC] of a $1 billion contract re-awarded over the summer to Raytheon [RTN] to support a cyber security system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS originally awarded Raytheon the contract to support the National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS) […]

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DHS IG Finds Vulnerabilities In TSA Checkpoint Screening

Covert testing at aviation security checkpoints has uncovered vulnerabilities in security equipment and in how Transportation Security Officers do their jobs, says a new report by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) internal watchdog office. The latest report by the Office of Inspector General (IG), comes more than two years after the oversight agency found […]

Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star. The cutter was built by the former Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company and was commissioned in 1977. Photo: Coast Guard

Navy Issues Draft RFP For Heavy Polar Icebreaker; Award Planned In FY ’19

The Navy on Thursday issued a draft request for proposal (RFP) for the Coast Guard’s heavy polar icebreaker with plans still intact to release a final RFP in early 2018 with an award for detailed design and construction in FY ’19, subject to congressional appropriations. The draft solicitation covers the design and construction of the […]

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With New Strategy, TSA Still Faces Challenges With IT Modernization Program, GAO Says

More than two years into adopting a new strategy for an information technology (IT) infrastructure program that supports a wide range of security threat assessments and credentialing programs, there are still concerns about how the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is addressing challenges identified before the strategy change, congressional auditors say. The agency has addressed four […]

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New Coordinating Council Formed For Election Infrastructure

In the wake of interference by Russia in the U.S. presidential elections and amid concerns that country will continue to seek ways to influence election outcomes, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its partners at the state and local levels have created a new intergovernmental council aimed at improving communications between election system stakeholders […]

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Peraton Nabs $578 Million TSA Logistics Contract For Security Equipment

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has awarded Peraton a potential five-year $578 million contract to provide logistics support for the agency’s thousands of pieces of security equipment used at airports nationwide. Leidos [LDOS] was the incumbent contractor. Boeing [BA] and Germany’s Siemens in years past have provided integrated logistics support to TSA for transportation screening […]