DHS S&T Issues RFI for Biological Threat Assessment Program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) branch has released a Request for Information (RFI) related to its Biological Threat Characterization Program, which is aimed at understanding the potential threat posed by biological materials so that preparedness and response efforts can be appropriately prioritized to best protect the nation. The current project leverages previous gap analysis efforts performed in the Biological Threat Risk Assessment (BTRA) program where high priority knowledge gaps were identified as those parameters where the supporting research was deemed to be lacking and the impact of the parameter was deemed high based upon model sensitivity analysis. It is desired to fully develop the method to include data quality criteria designed to support the BCTP mission, expand the number of agents assessed, and refine the calculation to support measurement of BTCP progress over the long-term. Sol. No. RFI-14-STBTRA. Respond by July 15. Contact: Shayani Mukherjee, contract specialist, [email protected]


Army Seeks Sources for ICIDS Follow-On

The Army has issued a Sources Sought notice related to a follow-on prime contract for the Integrated Commercial Intrusion Detection (ICIDS) system. The notice has two purposes, including obtaining expressions of interest from all sources and to gauge the capability of those interested small business firms or teams as viable competitors at the small business level. Parsons is the current ICIDS prime contractor. The Army awarded the latest ICIDS contract to Sim-G Technologies, which was later acquired by Secure Mission Solutions, which in turn was acquired by Parsons. A single award contract vehicle, valued at up to $100 million, is expected. Sol. No. W911QY-14-R-0047. Respond by July 27. Contact: Audrey Rolland, [email protected], 407-384-5595.

Sandia Labs Seeks Partners for Next-Gen Volumetric IDS

Sandia National Laboratories is developing a new generation of volumetric intrusion detection sensors for high security applications with the primary goals of developing a sensor system capable of meeting or exceeding all U.S. government physical intrusion detection requirements, and generate less than one nuisance alarm per 10 days in all weather conditions. Sandia is seeking a company or companies with short-range radar scanning capabilities interested in partnering opportunities that could lead to the development of the next-generation intrusion detection systems. The radar should have a scan rates greater than 3 scans per second and a range of 100 meters or more and be able to detect runners, walkers and belly crawlers. Sol. No. 14_419. Respond by Aug. 1. Contact: Sandia CRADA Team, [email protected].

State Department Seeks Biometric Solutions

The General Services Administration on behalf of the State Department’s Office of the Executive Director, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, has issued a Request for Information (RFI) related to a commercial-off-the-shelf product regarding biometric store and forward solutions able to support the bureau’s requirements. The bureau requires the ability to electronically capture and process biometric identifiers such as fingerprint, iris and facial data from domestic and overseas location. The data allows the bureau to vet it against relevant U.S. government terrorist, intelligence and criminal databases for known and potential threats. Sol. No. BiometricSolutionsRFI541519. Respond by July 31. Contact: Brad Ludlow, [email protected], 202-805-5565.

Army Seeks Sources for Biometrically Enabled Intelligence Systems Integration Lab

The Army has issued a Sources Sought Notice to identify potential sources for the research, development and implementation of the software framework and infrastructure necessary for establishing a Biometrically Enabled Intelligence System Integration Lab. The Army also seeks sources to research and develop the methods and standards of integrations for biometric technologies such as software modules, interfaces, data repositories and more, to establish baseline processing capabilities. Respondents must be ready to perform by July 29. Sol. No. W56KGU14R0008. Contact: Lee Alexis, [email protected], 443-861-4635.

CBP Plans Solicitation for Coastal Interceptor Vessel

Customs and Border Protection plans to release a solicitation for a Coastal Interceptor Vessel for maritime operations for small unit teams. The vessel will be between 40 and 43 feet. Sol. No. 07112014_OAM_CIV. Contact: John Fales, [email protected].

DHS S&T Announces Funding Opportunity for Universities

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology (S&T) branch has announced a five-year, $20 million cooperative agreement to fund the creation of a new Critical Infrastructure Resilience Center of Excellence. The center will conduct research to enhance the resiliency of the nation’s critical infrastructures in partnership with the businesses and public entities that own and operate those assets and systems. For more information visit: Grants.gov.