DHS S&T Seeks Sources for Robotic Aircraft Sensor Program

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate has issued a Request for Information for a program to collect data from the small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and sensor supplier community to inform the directorate and its stakeholders of current capabilities with the UAS and sensors. S&T plans to conduct assessments on small UAS and their airborne sensors for transition to the Homeland Security Enterprise. The upcoming Robotic Aircraft Sensor Program-Borders (RASP-B) will focus primarily on border security and law enforcement capabilities and provide training opportunities for border security operators to assess sUAS and sensor supplier systems under typical border mission scenarios. The sUAS and sensor suppliers will provide technically mature, flight-proven vehicles and their integrated sensors for assessment. Safety concerns will also be assessed, including flight safety in case of a communications break between the aircraft and ground controller. Sol. No. DHS_70RSAT13RFI000009_RASP-B. Respond by June 1. Contact: Dorothy Woolfolk, contract specialist, Dorothy.woolfolkd@hq.dhs.gov, 202-447-5921.

DHS Wants Ideas For 21st Century Cyber Security Workforce

After finding that the government’s traditional approaches to hiring and retaining personnel for cyber security needs are outdated, the Department of Homeland Security is seeking input on 21st century approaches to its human capital needs for the federal cyber security workforce. “To modernize the civil service for cybersecurity work, DHS has revisited some of the foundational theories and structures that underlie how the Federal Government has managed human capital for decades,” DHS says in a May 7 notice on the government’s procurement opportunities website. “In implementing the new cybersecurity-focused personnel system, DHS intends to update many of those theories and structures for the 21st century.” For example, the Request for Information says that some of the changes under consideration include more proactive hiring by regularly recruiting talent using targeted, validated techniques, rather than the traditional job listings with the hope that the right people apply. DHS ultimately plans to select a vendor for its cyber security workforce assessment effort. The eventual contract would be for one year with four one-year options. Sol. No. DHS-18-015. Respond by May 25. Contact: Pavithra Tumbapura, Pavithra.tumbapura@hq.dhs.gov, 202-447-0094.

Army Seeks Sources for Countering Vehicle Borne IEDs

The Army has issued a Source Sought notice to identify potential sources of mature, non-developmental capabilities to detect abnormal vehicle and personnel characteristics and chemicals, vapors and or other components associated with vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) at a standoff distance. The capabilities sought must be deliverable in a year or less. The Request for Information was issued on behalf of Product Manager Force Protection Systems. The Army wants a solution that provides non-proprietary interoperability with currently fielded Force Protection Systems, and be deployed as a mobile capability or at a fixed site and with the ability to relay detection data into Entry Control Points, Base Defense Operations Centers, and Tactical Operations Centers. Sol. No. W909MY-18-R-C009. Respond by May 30. Contact: Christian Digbeu, contract specialist, Christian.y.digbeu.civ@mail.mil, 704-703-0816.

Navsea Issues RFI for CREW-SAT

The Naval Sea Systems Command has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for an upcoming technology readiness assessment for a Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare-Situational Awareness Tool (CREW-SAT). The Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division in Maryland is focusing on equipment, tools, procedures and or methods for an arm/wrist wearable radio frequency receiving device for monitoring CREW transceivers. The CREW-SAT shall provide the operator a way to monitor the desired CREW systems for faults, battery power, and a detrimental variation in received RF energy as the user attends to missions involving CREW systems. Sol. No. N0017418SN0018. Respond by June 11. Contact: Christy Mitchell, contract specialist, Christy.mitchell@navy.mil, 301-744-6637.

CBP Interested in Riverine Surface Patrol Platform

Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine Operations has issued a Request for Information on the manufacture of riverine airboats or other vessels to meet Border Patrol requirements along the southwest border. The patrol boat will be used to transport agents for a variety of missions in the Rio Grande Valley. Currently, these missions are done by airboats in shallow to moderately deep waters from soft river bed to rocky substrate. The patrol boat will also be used in areas of river covered with weed, grass, and mud. Sol. No. F2017035771. Respond by May 23. Contact: John Fales, john.fales@dhs.gov.