The Transportation Security Administration plans to award Leidos [LDOS] a sole source contract for the transition of Tier 0 and Tier 1 help desk support services to address requirements of the agency’s Office of Human Capital in transitioning to the incoming contractor.

The Department of Homeland Security says it will award the Univ. of Texas at Austin, Center for Identity, a sole source contract for a study concerning the use of biometrics to improve the quality of daily life for a wide range of citizens. DHS wants to identify opportunities where biometrics can improve the quality of life of citizens around protection, security, social media, and commerce. The project will then identify and analyze the requirements for these daily activities to drive the selection of biometric technologies.

The Senate has unanimously confirmed several key appointments for positions at the Department of Homeland Security, including David Pekoske as the new administrator of the Transportation Security Administration and Claire Grady to be under secretary for Management. Also confirmed was David Glawe as the new under secretary for Intelligence.

The Department of Homeland Security’s award of its potential $1 billion cyber security support contract to Raytheon has been protested again by Northrop Grumman. Raytheon Chairman and CEO Thomas Kennedy says on his company’s July 27 earnings call that the DHS Development, Operations and Maintenance contract, also called DOMino has been protested, “which continues to be the norm in today’s environment.” Northrop Grumman has now protested the DOMino award three times, the first occurring in the fall of 2015 after Raytheon won. The latest protest will be decided this fall by the Government Accountability Office.