DHS Mulls Refocusing Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate has issued a Special Notice to say it is considering the issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for operation of the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC) Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), which would refocus the current Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute (HSSAI) FFRDC. The refocusing would renew core competencies in operational analyses. The refocusing would not change the basic purpose or mission of the HSOAC as DHS’ sole studies and analysis FFRDC with continued support to all DHS components across the Homeland Security Enterprise. The HSSAI is operated by Analytic Services Inc., or ANSER, on behalf of DHS. Sol. No. HSHQDC-15-I-FFRDC. Contact: Shelby Buford, contracting officer, Shelby.buford@hq.dhs.gov.

DHS S&T Surveys Market for Handheld Radiation Identification Devices

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) has issued a Request for Information on handheld Radionuclide Identification Devices to evaluate for first responders. The survey is being done for the System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders, or SAVER, program, which assists first responders in making procurement decisions. Sol. No. RFI-15-01. Respond by Oct. 31. Contact: John Kada, technical, john.kada@hq.dhs.gov.

DNDO Seeks Information on Scanning of Ship-to-Rail Containers

The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to conduct market research of industry capability to detect and identify radiological and nuclear threat sources and weapons components that may be smuggled in intermodal cargo containers that are transferred directly from ship to rail car at seaport terminals and are primarily handled by straddle or shuttle carriers for placement in staging and or scanning areas. The RFI also seeks to inform the commercial sector that the government is looking for innovating or improved approaches to this detection challenge without inhibiting the flow of commerce. Sol. No. RDPA-15-00004. Respond by Dec. 3. Contact: Lori Lawson, contracting officer, lori.lawson@hq.dhs.gov, 202-254-7168.