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HSR, January 10, 2018

Briefing

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), the ranking member on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, says Customs and Border Protection award last November of a $297 million contract to Accenture [ACN] to help with the hiring of new Border Patrol agents, CBP Officers, and Air and Marine Operations Officers shows it costs nearly $40,000…

TSA Updates Technology Investment Plan But Funding Still Unclear

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in late December released an updated version of its 2015 technology investment plan that outlines changes in its development and acquisition expectations, new initiatives, and cyber security efforts that arose following a breach of government personnel records two years ago.The new plan also describes the way ahead for screening of…

DHS Seeks Innovators for Smart Cities, IoT Capabilities

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) branch and key research partners are seeking innovators for prototyping, testing and transitioning leading technologies for emergency responders as part of a smart cities effort that began last fall.The Request for Innovators (RFI) seeks new capabilities in three areas, including autonomous navigation for indoor drones…

Coast Guard Planning Launch of First Satellites

The Coast Guard in 2018, with the help of other government partners, is planning to launch its first ever satellites, which will be used to demonstrate the use of the platforms for search and rescue mission in the Arctic region.One of the Coast Guard’s partners, the Science and Technology branch of the Department of Homeland…

Tech Developments

Gigamon Acquired By Private InvestorsThe information network visibility firm Gigamon, Inc., has been acquired by the private investment firm Elliott Management and Qatar’s state-owned management fund Qatar Investment Authority for $1.6 billion. “With the acquisition complete, our team will continue to execute strategic initiatives that will both empower our customers with new, rich functionality and…

Contract Awards

FEMA Awards SERCO $600M Contract to Support Disaster RecoverySerco, Inc. has received a potential five-year, $600 million contract from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to support the Public Assistance Program during major disasters and emergencies. The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract was made under the agency’s Public Assistance Technical Assistance IV contract and represents new…

Business Opportunities

DHS S&T Issues Open BAA for Chemical and Biological DefenseThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) branch is soliciting research and development proposals under an Open Broad Agency Announcement that will remain open for four years. S&T isn’t seeking proposals currently but will do so through amendments. The BAA is aimed at…