Air Force Issues RFP for Force Protection Site Security Systems Program

The Air Force has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Force Site Security Systems (FPS3) program, which calls for the acquisition, upgrade and sustainment of a family of Integrated Base Defense Security Systems (IBDSS). The IBDSS will include fixed-site intrusion detection systems, tactical security systems such as the Tactical Automated Security System, and delay and denial systems such as the Remote Target Engagement System. The various systems are meant to help security forces protect assets and personnel at nuclear and non-nuclear fixed and tactical sites worldwide by providing “See First, Understand First, and Act First” capabilities. Multiple awardees, including a portion set aside for small businesses, are planned under the five-year indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract. Sol. No. FA8730-14-R-0004. Respond by Jan. 17, 2014. Contact: Elizabeth Baker, contract officer, [email protected]

, 781-225-5514.

IARPA Soliciting for Bio-Intelligence Chips Program

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has issued a Broad Agency Announcement for its Bio-Intelligence Chips (BIC) program aimed at developing new analytical approaches to rapidly assess an individual’s potential involvement in chemical or biological weapons-related activities. The BIC program intends to develop new analytical approaches to assessment based on cross-correlating multiple biomarkers found in physiological fluids to assay human exposure to agents and activities indicative of chemical and biological weapon production and handling. It is not required that final results are demonstrated on a portable platform although future scalability to a portable platform should be described. The BIC program is slated to run for five years although the current solicitation is for Phase 1, which is for two years. During Phase I IARPA seeks to identify sets of omni-omic signatures for chemical and biological weapons threats of interest. Sol. No. IARPA-BAA-13-04. Respond by Jan. 29, 2014. Contact: Dennis Polla, program manager, [email protected].

DHS FPS Issues RFI for Enhanced Metal Detectors

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Protective Service (FPS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for existing technological capabilities for commercial-off-the-shelf or government-off-the-shelf walk-through Enhanced Metal Detector (EMD) equipment and associated services to support the detection of prohibited metallic, and potentially non-metallic, objects that are transported by people. DHS uses EMDs for the screening of humans at airports, buildings and non-fixed site events. Sol. No. HSHQEH-14-RFI-EMD. Respond by Dec. 17. Contact: Peter Andrews, contracting officer, [email protected], 215-521-2261.

USCIS Seeks Contractor for Software Maintenance of Card Personalization System

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a Sources Sought Notice to determine whether there are potential offerors qualified to provide OpenText software maintenance for the Card Personalization System Technology Refreshment (CTSTR). USCIS manages the secure personalization systems to personalize secure USCIS cards, including the Permanent Resident Card and Employment Authorization Document Cards. The CPTSR is card identification system to receive data, personalize and issue cards, and provide systems feedback regarding completion and mailing of cards. The system must be undergo regular maintenance to reliably produce millions of cards per year, which provide proof of immigration status and benefits for millions of people. Sol. No. HSSCCG-14-R-00020. Respond by Dec. 17. Contact: Heather Niquette, [email protected], 802-872-4661.

NavAir Issues Revised BAA for Government-University Partnerships

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division has issued an amended Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeking proposals from universities with graduate schools of science and engineering with applied research centers to establish long-term partnerships to collaborate on a broad range of technical and research projects related to improving capabilities in collection and information sharing, data fusion and analysis, knowledge discovery, intelligence architecture, emerging technologies, information technology, irregular and asymmetrical warfare as well as critical programs of interest to the Defense Department and other federal agencies. The specific purpose is to provide the warfighter with demonstrations and research of rapidly evolving and leading edge technologies, techniques and research to enhance the warfighter’s capability to counter the many threats of irregular warfare within the scope of the multi-disciplines of information technology algorithms, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, biometrics, signals intelligence, human intelligence, and video and analysis of gathered information. Sol. No. N00421-14-2-NAWCAD-BAA-Amended. Respond by Jan. 20, 2014. Contact: Rebecca Wathen, contracting officer, [email protected], 301-737-2632.

Army Offering Licensing for Screening Kit for Identifying Homemade Explosives

The Army’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center is offering license rights for a pocket-sized screening kit that uses colorimetric technology to detect precursors, such as ammonium nitrate, that may be used in improvised or homemade explosives. The technology has been named the CRESS Kit, and contains two plastic halves that fold together and click in place. The kit takes about 30 seconds to indicate whether a harmful mixture has been detected. Sol. No. W911SRCRESSKIT. Contact: Brian Mazen, [email protected], 410-436-3955.

Virginia Contracting Activity Issues RFI for Forensics

The Virginia Contracting Activity has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking qualified sources capable of developing, procuring, testing, evaluating, training and providing  logistical support for capabilities focused on targeting, detecting, collecting and analyzing chemical, biological, biometric, radiological, nuclear and explosives samples. This effort includes both material and non-material solutions for collection, stabilization, transportation, detection, analysis, identification and reporting capabilities. Sol. No. VACA-2014-01. Respond by Jan. 20, 2014. Contact: William Patterson, contract specialist, [email protected], 321-494-2998.

TSA Seeks Sources for Rail TIH/Rail Security Sensitive Material Reporting Support

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued a Sources Sought Notice to improve its understanding of market capabilities and identify qualified small business concerns that are capable of providing Toxic Inhalation Hazard (TIH)/Rail Security-Sensitive Material railcar Car Location Message and GPS reporting support services. Services will be provided to the agency’s Office of Security Operations/Compliance Programs Division, Surface Compliance Branch, in order to identify and locate interchange frequency and locations, waybill information, routes/destinations and ad-hoc reporting to meet needs and requirements. TSA anticipates the eventual award of a single contract for up to five years. Sol. No. HSTS05-14-SSN-CMP001. Respond by Jan. 2, 2014. Contact: Tamara Kelley, contract specialist, [email protected], 571-227-3498.

Info Sought on Direct Read Portable Colorimetric Tubes for Chem Vapor Detection

National Security Technologies, LLC, the contractor and technical agent for the Department of Energy, has issued a Request for Information on intrinsically safe, commercial-off-the-shelf Direct Read Portable Colorimetric Tubes for chemical vapor detection. Operation of equipment may be manual or powered and applications may include detection of toxic industrial compounds and materials, explosives, weapons of mass destruction, chemical agents and other chemicals of interest to the emergency responder community. The information will be reviewed for the Department of Homeland Security System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders Program. Sol. No. RFI_Colorimetric_Detection. Respond by Jan. 10, 2014. Contact: Stephan Weeks, [email protected].

NTIA Plans Multi-Stakeholder Meetings for Facial Recognition Technology

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration will convene meetings of a privacy multi-stakeholder process concerning the commercial use of facial recognition technology. Meetings are planned between February and June 2014 in Washington, D.C. Contact: John Verdi, NTIA, [email protected], 202-482-8238.

DHS Seeks Security Guard Services in Louisiana, New Mexico

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Protective Service has issued separate solicitations for Protective Security Officer services in Louisiana (Sol. No. HSHQC7-14-R-00001) and New Mexico (Sol. No. HSHQC7-13-R-00001). The armed cards will protect federal personnel and facilities in both states. Both contracts are expected to have a base-year and four one-year options. For Louisiana, respond by Feb. 10, 2014, and for New Mexico by Feb. 25, 2014. Contact: Jennifer Goss, [email protected].

DHS Ready to Accept Proposals for FY ’14 SBIR Program

The Department of Homeland Security has issued a pre-solicitation for the FY ’14 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and expects to begin accepting proposals on Dec. 18. The notice is being made jointly between the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office and the DHS Science and Technology Directorate. Research topic descriptions include mobile footprint detection, mass delivery of countermeasures to high consequence disease in wildlife, system simulation tools for X-Ray based explosive detection equipment, physiological monitoring and environmental scanning technology, machine-to-machine architectures to improve first responder communications, smart phone or tablet-controlled devices for radiation detection, identification, classification and quantification, and miniaturization of support infrastructure for non-intrusive inspection X-Ray systems. Sol. No. HSHQDC-14-R-00005. Respond by Jan. 22, 2014. Contact: Amanda Wylie, contracting officer, [email protected], 202-254-7230.