TSA to Issue Solicitation for Replacement Medium Speed EDS at Indy Airport

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) around April 10 plans to issue a solicitation to purchase replacement medium-speed explosive detection systems (EDS) for an inline checked baggage inspection system at Indianapolis International Airport. The procurement is part of a recapitalization project for the airport. Sol. No. TSA25-04-02554. Contact: Shannon Welch, contract specialist, [email protected].

GSA Issues RFI for Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation

The General Services Administration (GSA) is considering a new Special Item Number (SIN) under IT Schedule 70 specifically for Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) tools. The agency has issued a Request for Information to get feedback from industry and other relevant stakeholders on the proposed CDM SIN and better understand how industry partners are selling CDM tools currently on IT Schedule 70.  The CDM SIN goals include establishing a government-wide contracting solution to continue to provide a consistent set of CDM tools, improving government access to the best available technology and improve the flexibility of the CDM program, and establishing and maintaining a list of approved CDM products and to provide a mechanism to qualify new products against the CDM requirements and add products to an Approved Product List. Respond by April 5. Contact: [email protected].

DHS S&T Announces $35M Funding Opportunity for Border Security

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate has announced a $35 million funding opportunity for a new Center of Excellence in Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense (CBTS). The overarching goal of the center will be to research and develop solutions, protocols and capabilities to support the identification of potential biological threats within the DHS operational environment that could disrupt critical infrastructure supply chains and the operational activities conducted at ports of entry, land borders, and other critical nodes within the supply chain. Accredited U.S. colleges and universities can submit proposals at the center lead or as an individual partner to work with the lead institution in support of the center’s activities. DHS plans to fund the new COE for 10 years. Biological and chemical agents, novel biological agents, invasive species, infectious human and zoonotic diseases, and counterfeit or adulterated goods are a key focus of this new center. The funding opportunities are posted at www.grants.gov.

Army Seeks Sources for Hand Held High Resolution RIID

The Army Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for handheld high resolution radioisotope identifier devices (RIID) used in the Man-portable Radiation Detection System (MRDS). The JPEO-CBD Joint Project Leader Radiological Nuclear Defense and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency will test RIIDs later this year. The primary focus of the overall MRDS program is the detection and confirmatory identification of special nuclear material and threat radiological materials. Only mature (Technical Readiness Level 8) commercially available systems that meet the MRDS handheld RIID whitepaper are sought for this test. Sol. No. W911SR-17-MRDS2. Respond by May 1. Contact: Adam Scheir, [email protected].

DHS S&T Issues RFI for Handheld Explosive Trace Detectors

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) branch, National Urban Security Technology Laboratory has issued a Request for Information on commercially available handheld explosive trace detectors using ion mobility spectrometry and related technologies. The lab expects to select products for inclusion in a market survey and or side-by-side comparison study based on product information submitted in response to the RFI. The target audiences for the information are emergency response personnel and their purchasing agents. Contact: Karin Decker, technical point of contact, [email protected], 212-620-3410.

Coast Guard Issues Draft RFP for sUAS for National Security Cutters

The Coast Guard has issued a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for a planned five-year contract to provide the service with small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) to be deployed aboard its nine National Security Cutters to provide the vessels with a persistent tactical airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability that can remain in flight for at least 12 hours per day. The sUAS systems will be used to support all of the NSC’s missions in all maritime operating areas. The aircraft shall be capable of accepting modular payloads. Sensors aboard the aircraft will include electro-optical, infrared, VHF/UHF communications relays, aeronautical transponder, and non-visible IR marker. Sol. No. HSCG23-17-R-2DAXXX. Respond by May 15. Contact: Jerry Low, contracting officer, [email protected], 202-475-3298.

SOCOM Issues RFI For Tactical Forensic Event

U.S. Special Operations Command, Program Executive Manager for Sensitive Site Exploitation has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to identify potential methodologies for inclusion in the evaluation of next-generation capabilities for the collection and transport by the Special Operations Force Operator of bulk and trade materials collected on the objective. The Tactical Forensic Event 2017 will also evaluate the ability of devices to detect and provide feedback to operators or trained Exploitation Analysis Center personnel of samples that may present explosive, chemical, biological or radiological hazards. The event is scheduled for June 12-23 at Fort Bragg, N.C. Sol. No. RFI_TFE_17. Respond by April 10. Contact: Charles Colletti, [email protected], 813-826-7445.

State Department Collecting Information on Biometric System for Mexico

The U.S. State Department, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), in conjunction with INL/Mexico City, is conducting market research for a biometric system solution composed of predominantly commercial-off-the-shelf products for software licensing, maintenance and development services. This in in preparation for a potential procurement to ultimately design, develop and deploy a formalized, fully compliant and scalable biometrics system for the government of Mexico. Core services may include interfacing and interoperability with up to six other Mexican biometric system applications and U.S. biometric systems within the FBI, Department of Homeland Security IDENT system, the Defense Department and other systems as required. The system would be able to work with face, finger, iris, palm, voice and latent fingerprint modalities. Sol. No. SAQMMA17I0031. Respond by April 13. Contact: Katherine Lugo, contracting officer, [email protected].

INSCOM Seeks White Papers for its Technology Needs

The Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) is requesting white papers related to its technology needs in the following focus areas: open source intelligence; cyber; process/exploit/disseminate and big data; and other areas such as counter-unmanned aircraft systems, and modern collection capabilities to counter rapidly evolving technology. Sol. No. W911W4-17-R-0023. Respond by May 28. Contact: Rajni Anderson, [email protected],703-428-4424.

TSA Issues RFI for Data Analysis Services

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued a Request for Information for data analysis services related to Integrated Logistics Support. Responses will be used in the development of a Request for Proposal later in FY ’17. TSA is seeking data analysis services to assist its Office of Acquisition Program Management in evaluating the performance of Maintenance Service Providers to verify they are meeting their required metrics. The Maintenance Service Providers perform preventative and corrective maintenance of Transportation Security Equipment. Sol. No. HSTS04-17-R-CT3017. Respond by April 11. Contact: Lindsay Alexander, [email protected].