Sierra Nevada Corp. has received a potential six-month contract from the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to continue providing operations and maintenance support services for the Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT), a java-based software code written by the company that is integrated into the Chemical Security Evaluation and Compliance System. The value of the award, which has a three-month base period and three one-month options, was redacted. DHS plans to conduct a competition to acquire a long-term solution for operations and maintenance of the CSAT suite.

The Coast Guard in late June released its justification for increasing the contract ceiling for its Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) by six additional vessels, bringing its planned buy to 32 FRCs under its second contract with shipbuilder Bollinger Shipyards. Under the first FRC contract, Bollinger built and delivered 32 of the 154-foot craft, which typically patrol for three to five days in the littorals. The second contract originally called for 28 FRCs, but U.S. military requirements in Southwest Asia that make use of the Coast Guard’s 110-foot Island-class cutters drove demand for the six additional vessels. A production award for the additional vessels is forthcoming. So far, Bollinger has delivered 38 FRCs to the Coast Guard.

Corelogic Solutions LLC [CLGX] has received an $11 million contract from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for combined insurance data and services for the agency’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration. The award was not competed.

George Washington University has been selected by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate to lead a new Center of Excellence that will deliver a pilot Master of Business Administration program focused on security technology transition from federal research and development to operational use. S&T will provide upwards of $5.8 million to fund three groups of 25 students. “Transition of security technologies from applied research and development of prototypes into operationally beneficial tools has always been a challenge,” says William Bryan, acting S&T chief. “By developing an educational program tailored to address the department’s security technology needs, the MBA STT pilot program will produce a pipeline of high-quality professionals prepared to apply invaluable knowledge to the department’s operational components and the broader homeland security enterprise.”