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HSR, May 17, 2017

Briefing

The Coast Guard has received $18 million in research and development funds in the FY ’17 omnibus appropriations act to examine the feasibility, costs, and benefits of using land-based, long-endurance unmanned aircraft systems to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in the transit zones. The legislation directs the Coast Guard to work with Customs and…

TSA to Include Face Recognition in Biometric Authentication Pilot Tests

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) this summer plans to evolve planned pilot tests of fingerprint recognition technology at security checkpoints to eventually include facial recognition testing, an agency official says.Initially TSA’s Innovation Task Force will test contactless fingerprint readers at PreCheck trusted traveler lanes at airports in Atlanta and Denver to verify a traveler’s identity,…

Congress Trims FY '17 OBIM Budget to Account for Hart Delays

President Donald Trump earlier this month signed an FY ’17 budget bill that Congress sent him that provides $235.5 million to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) office that manages the department’s authoritative biometric database, $11.6 million below the requested amount due to delays in the program for a new database and contract savings.The omnibus…

DoD, DHS Enhance Interoperability Between Respective Biometric Databases

The Departments of Defense and Homeland Security this month turned on new applications that will enhance interoperability between their respective authoritative repositories of biometric records that are used to deprive anonymity to known and suspected terrorists in war zones and help keep terrorists and criminals from entering the United States.Up until early May there wasn’t…

Tech Developments

Vision-Box Unveils Biometric Entry-Exit SolutionVision-Box this month unveiled an integrated biometric entry-exit system that allows border authorities to collect the necessary information to assist in apprehending illegal immigrants and overstays based on identity verification and rule-based monitoring of travel patterns. “The successful future of integrated border control relies on stakeholders collaboration, engaged in the joint…

Contract Awards

TSA Awards Leidos $45M to Continue to Provide HAZMAT ServicesLeidos [LDOS] has received a potential five-year, $45 million contract from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to continue to provide hazardous materials (HAZMAT) management and disposal services at more than 440 airport screening checkpoints. The contract has a one-year base period and four one-year options. Leidos…

Business Opportunities

DHS S&T Issues Several Calls Against Silicon Valley Program SolicitationThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate has issued three calls against its streamlined acquisition solicitation used by its Silicon Valley Innovation Program. The calls against the Other Transaction Solicitation are for identity and anti-spoofing of non-person entities, energy harvesting fabrics, and…