Sierra Nevada Wins $280M CBP Recompete of Multirole Enforcement Aircraft

Customs and Border Protection has awarded Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) a potential $280.2 million contract to supply 12 more Multirole Enforcement Aircraft (MEA), which are used for ground surveillance, land and maritime interdiction for border and maritime security. SNC won the new contract after CBP recompeted the original MEA contract, which SNC previously won in 2009 to provide the first 12 aircraft. The MEA is a missionized Textron [TXT] Beechcraft Super King Air 350CER twin turboprop. The initial order for the new contract is $44.3 million. CBP didn’t say how many aircraft will be part of the initial order. The agency is responsible for providing the mission management system for the MEAs. The MEA is replacing aging twin-engine C-12, PA-42, B-200 and C-404 patrol aircraft. “This aircraft has proven to be uniquely suited to meet the challenges of protecting the United States border,” says Tim Owings, corporate vice president of SNC’s Integrated Missions Systems business area.

InfoZen Wins $208M to Modernize USCIS Network

Managed cloud services provider InfoZen has received a potential $208 million contract from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of Information Technology under to increase efficiency and security by applying agile, DevOps and cloud to produce higher quality services and products at a lower cost. Under the Support Platform Engineering and DevOps Integration, called SPEDI, InfoZen will help the IT office by providing IT expertise, strategic vision and tactical implementation to enable USCIS to deliver effective, efficient, and secure immigration services and products. A key element of providing these services is providing support for the migration of the USCIS application development methodology from a traditional waterfall process to an agile environment and from a silo-based development-deploy-support structure to an Agile Methodology and DevOps framework. “We are delighted to have been selected as the prime contractor on the SPEDI contract as we are laser-focused on the agency’s goal to transform IT systems delivery through our DevOps experience, agility, and commitment to the customer mission,” says Raj Ananthanpillai, the company’s chairman and CEO.

State Department Awards XTec $60M for Identity Management Services

XTec Inc. has received a potential three-year $60 million contract from the State Department to continue providing global identity management services. The task order, which has a one-year base period and four six-month options, was awarded under XTec’s State Dept. Blanket Purchase Agreement based on the company’s Federal Supply Schedule contract with the General Services Administration. The department uses XTec’s AuthentX Identity and Credential Management System for global identity management and credential issuance including Personal Identity Verification cards for State employees and contractors. The task order includes support for connectivity to the Defense, Justice and Homeland Security Department’s agencies’ systems and Derived PIV Credentialing capabilities. “We have continuously supported the State Department throughout the evolution of their ICAM initiatives for nearly two decades with our technology, engineering and project management support,” says Kevin Kozlowski, XTec’s vice president of government initiatives.

Veterans Affairs Awards Alvarez & Associates $10M for CDM Support

The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded Northern Virginia-based Alvarez & Associates a one-year $9.8 million contract to provide hardware and software implementation support for the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) cyber security effort. Veterans Affairs says that that the firm will be providing Gagman Port Aggregation and Network Traffic Filtering appliances with associated software. The task order was awarded under the NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement V contract. The CDM program is managed by the Department of Homeland Security and provides continuous monitoring, diagnostics, mitigation and dashboard tools to help agencies protect their networks. Alvarez is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business.

TSA Increases Ceiling on GD’s STIP Contract to $31M

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has increased the ceiling amount of its Security Technology Integrated Program (STIP) contract with General Dynamics [GD] from $27 million to $31 million to meet work for current requirements and to allow for a recompetition of the program. The current STIP contract runs from Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2018. STIP enables TSA to network its transportation security equipment (TSE) and to monitor the equipment for diagnostic checks and perform other functions. The additional $4 million will allow GD to provide subject matter experts and operations and maintenance support on design, implementation, and device integration on the TSE Requirements Analysis Platform, and perform maintenance and operations activities associated with the current STIP environment to include walk-through metal detectors, remote maintenance and monitoring, STIP analytic reporting, credential and biometric authentication technology, and government property management. The Gigamon hardware and software will enable the VA’s Office of Information Security to intercept department traffic as it traverses in and out of the VA Trusted Internet Connection Gateways and VA Medical Centers and distribute it to other security devices which can then analyze the traffic to identify possible cyber security threats.

L-3 Receives $6M to Support Deployed eXaminer EDS Systems

The Transportation Security Administration has awarded L-3 Communications [LLL] a number of task orders worth a combined $5.9 million to support the company’s eXaminer explosive detection systems (EDS) that will be deployed or are deployed at various airports. One task order, worth $994,912.21 is for a network split and upgrade at Boston International Airport. The second task order, worth $348,494, is for network assessments and equipment inventory audits at multiple airports. Another $3.5 million in task orders are for installation, networking and integration of EDS at Chicago O’Hare, Orlando International, Las Vegas International, Fairbanks, and Houston International Airports. Nearly $1 million in task orders are for long-lead equipment to support installation, integration and networking of EDS at Houston and O’Hare Airports.

CBP Awards Fluor $4M for Tactical Infrastructure Support

Fluor Corp. has received a seven-month $3.9 million contract extension from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to continue providing support for tactical infrastructure along certain areas of the southern border in Texas. Repair and maintenance work will consist of fence and gates, roads and bridges, drainage and grates, lighting and electrical systems, vegetation control and debris removal. CBP is in the process of recompeting the contract for this area of Texas. The ceiling value of the original contract was $19.2 million.

Smiths Detection Receives $2M from CBP for ScanVans

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in August awarded Smiths Detection a $1.8 million contract for 11 of the company’s ScanVans. The ScanVan is standard cargo van that includes Smith’s HI-SCAN 100100PRO X-Ray inspection system and a foldable conveyor for easy luggage handling. CBP ordered 15 of the ScanVans a year ago, a company official tells HSR at the annual ASIS International Conference in Orlando, Fla., this month. In addition to CBP, the company has interest from customers for the ScanVan for use at major events, the official says. A future generation of the system will include CBRNE kits, he says.

Eastern Shipbuilding Nabs $2.4B Coast Guard Award for OPC

The Coast Guard has selected Eastern Shipbuilding Group as its contractor over two rivals for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program, awarding the company $2.4 billion for detailed design of the medium-endurance vessel.  Florida-based Eastern Shipbuilding is a surprise winner, beating out Bollinger Shipyards, which is currently building the service’s Fast Response Cutter, and General Dynamics [GD], a major shipbuilder for the Navy and commercial tankers. Earlier in the program Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] was dropped from the competition. HII is building the Coast Guard’s fleet of high endurance National Security Cutters. The Coast Guard says on the site that Eastern’s award begins the Phase II effort of the OPC program. The contract includes priced options for the lead OPC and up to eight follow-on vessels. The detail design effort will continue through delivery of the lead OPC, which is estimated to be in FY ’21. The Coast Guard continues to plan to recompete OPC construction with a new request for bids expected in FY ’24 after less than half of the planned buy of 25 vessels are acquired. The program is the service’s top acquisition priority.