TSA Issues RFP for Universal Enrollment Services

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Universal Enrollment Services (UES) for programs and populations managed, authorized or serviced by the agency. The RFP had been expected to be released last October or November. IDEMIA is the incumbent for the work. TSA plans to award a single vendor indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for up to 10 years. The full suite of enrollment services includes the enrollment system that captures various data, including biographic and biometric, a public portal and non-public portal, fee collection, technology deployment, maintenance, customer service call center, vetted personnel for in-person enrollment services, and operational support such as training, signage, supplies, and overall program management. Sol. No. 70T02018R9NOIA073. Respond by April 19. Contact: Kerri Laws, contract specialist, [email protected].

CBP Issues RFI for Aircraft Tactical Radio Communications

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) related to aircraft tactical radio communications. The agency’s Office of Air and Marine wants information on airborne radios to replace and upgrade its existing aircraft tactical radios, most of which are near or past their service life. The multiband radios are for fixed and rotary wing aircraft. The replacement radios must comply with Project 25 interoperability standard for digital radio communications and NIST FIPS 197 Advanced Encryption Standard on all associated Public Service Radio Bands. Sol. No. RFI_Aircraft_Tactical_Radio_Replacement. Respond by March 26. Contact: Sharon Brown, [email protected].

Army Seeks Information on Compact Vapor Chemical Agent Detector

The Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity and the Joint Requirements Office for CBRN Defense are seeking information on products, technologies, and or approaches that could be utilized in the development of a new capability knows as Compact Vapor Chemical Agent Detector (CVCAD). The intent is to provide general and special purpose forces with a small, lightweight, low power detector to alert eh warfighter to immediate health effects and indicate a hazardous environment in response to chemical vapor threats. Applications for the detector may include, among other things, wearable, handheld, robotic, and unmanned. Sol. No. W911SR-18-R-CVCA. Respond by April 5. Contact: Christopher Winfield, contract specialist, [email protected], 410-436-2414.

DHS Conducting Market Services for NYC Explosive Detection K-9 Teams

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Protective Service is conducting market research to locate qualified, experience and interested potential sources capable of providing explosive detection canine team services for multiple locations throughout New York City. It is expected that services will consist of about 3,000 hours of basic service and 1,000 hours of temporary additional services on an annual basis. Sol. No. FI18FPSNYCK9. Contact: Daniel Rapoport, contract specialist, [email protected].

CBP Surveys Market for 10-Print Fingerprint Scanners

The Federal Aviation Administration, on behalf of Customs and Border Protection, is conducting a market survey for information from industry to help in the formation of an acquisition strategy for about 4,611 10-print fingerprint scanners and 130 ruggedized scanners. Currently the nature of the competition hasn’t been determined. Sol. No. 29538. Respond by March 23. Contact: Chris Ekadis, [email protected], 405-954-8071.

DARPA Plans SIGMA+ Program to Expand Beyond Rad Threat Detection

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) shortly plans to release two Broad Agency Announcements under its expanded SIGMA program, called SIGMA+, seeking proposals to develop novel sensors for chemical, explosives and biological agents, and for network development, analytics and integration. The Phase I BAA is expected to be released this month and the second BAA in late 2018. The SIGMA program is aimed at the detection of radiological and nuclear materials, while the SIGMA+ program seeks to develop new sensors and networks that alert authorities to chemical, biological and explosives threats too. “The goal of SIGMA+ is to develop and demonstrate a real-time, persistent CBRNE early detection system by leveraging advances in sensing, data, analytics, and social and behavioral modeling to address a spectrum of threats,” says Vincent Tang, the program manager. “To achieve this, we’ve pulled together a team of DARPA program managers who bring expertise in chemistry, biology, data analytics, and social science to address the broad and complex CBRNE space.”

CBP Conducting Environmental Assessment for RVSS in Swanton Sector

The Federal Aviation Administration, on behalf of Customs and Border Protection, is conducting a market survey to identify beneficial and adverse impacts to the human and natural environment of proposed construction, maintenance, repair, installation and operation of up to 15 tower sites for the Remote Video Surveillance System and related relay towers in the Border Patrol’s Swanton Sector on the northern U.S. border. The environmental survey will also address adding new hardware to an existing command and control center, any necessary access or approach roads, and related utility and fiber optic installation. Sol. No. 29564. Respond by April 4. Contact: Chris Ekadis, [email protected], 405-954-8071.