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HSR, January 24, 2018

Briefing

Customs and Border Protection has begun to evaluate face recognition technology as part of its preclearance operations at Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport for one daily flight on Delta Airlines into John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The agency is already evaluating the technology at nine airports in the U.S. on select international…

Pekoske Details Plans to Begin Ramp Up of New Checkpoint Scanners in 2018

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske says his agency plans to field 40 new advanced checkpoint screening systems for aviation security this year for further operational testing in advanced of a larger rollout in fiscal year 2019.TSA will field “almost” 40 computed tomography (CT)-based systems to screen carry-on bags, 28 of which will go…

GAO Rejects Leidos Protest of DHS Biometric Database Award to Northrop Grumman

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Jan. 18 rejected a protest by Leidos [LDOS] of a contract awarded late last September to Northrop Grumman [NOC] to build out a new multimodal biometric database and identity management system for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).The GAO’s decision frees up DHS to lift a stop work order…

Trump Administration Working New Proposal to Counter Domestic UAS Threats

The Trump administration is developing a second set of proposed legislative authorities to allow relevant federal departments and agencies the ability to counter unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in domestic airspace, according to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.Last year the government proposed legislation to Congress to provide federal authorities to counter UAS threats, Nielsen says. “We…

Tech Developments

DHS S&T, MIT Test Crowd Scanning Millimeter Wave Imaging TechnologyThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate in partnership with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory last October conducted a developmental test and evaluation of a prototype millimeter wave imager that safely scanned crowds for potential threat items. The…

Contract Awards

Rapiscan Nabs $130M Follow-on Turnkey Deal with MexicoOSI Systems [OSIS] says its Rapiscan Systems division has received a new two-year agreement with Mexico’s customs authority worth up to $130 million to continue providing turnkey security inspection services throughout the country.  The company says the expected sales are already baked into its financial guidance for fiscal…

Business Opportunities

DHS Issues Final Solicitation for SETA III ContractThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a solicitation for the Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) III contract in support of the Science and Technology Directorate. DHS says the need for the contract is to meet S&T’s requirements as it expands and reorganizes, with professional scientific,…