DHS Awards MITRE $516 Million Renewal To Operate Federal R&D Center

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate has awarded The MITRE Corp.

a potential five-year, $516 million contract to continue operating a federally funded research and development center focused on system engineering and development. DHS first selected MITRE to stand up the Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute (HSSEDI) in March 2009, awarding the non-profit business a five-year $443 million contract. The center provides DHS with advice on concept evolution, development integration, best practices in life-cycle systems engineering and management, and program level technical integration expertise across the enterprise. DHS looks to the HSSEDI to provide it with an independent viewpoint on programs and initiatives and to provide it with rapid access to technical expertise. The latest contract will draw on funds from FY ’14 through FY ’19.

ICE Awards Palantir $42M for Investigative Case Management System

Palantir has received a potential five-year, $41.6 million contract from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to provide a web-enabled investigative case management system for the agency. The agency says the system will support its Office of the Chief Information Officer and Homeland Security Investigations mission.

GSA Awards Construction Contract For Second Phase Of DHS HQ Consolidation

The General Services Administration (GSA) on Sept. 30 awarded Grunley Construction Company a $139 million contract for the second phase of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) headquarters’ consolidation at the St. Elizabeths campus in Washington, DC.  Under the design-build contract, Maryland-based Grunley will renovate the historic 270,000 square-foot Center Building, which will become the headquarters for the department’s corporate leadership and staff, as well as a the DHS Operations Center and Central Utility Plant. Grunley, who will be partnered with Washington DC-based Shalom Baranes Associates, will also undertake a mix of new construction and adaptive reuse projects to include the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters. In phase one the GSA oversaw construction of the Coast Guard’s new headquarters at St. Elizabeths. In Phase 3, which has yet to be awarded, GSA will oversee new construction for Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Transportation Security Administration, and other department activities.

Raytheon Garners Potential $13M Border Security Order for Moldova

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency has awarded Raytheon [RTN] a potential $12.9 million task order to provide border security solutions for the Republic of Moldova under the Cooperative Threat Reduction Integrating Contract (CITRIC) II awarded in 2011. Under the multiple-award contract, Raytheon has already provided border security solutions to other countries including Jordan and the Philippines. For Moldova, the base order is $6.3 million with options for another $6.6 million. Raytheon says that a key element of the solution will be a real-time electro-optical/infrared surveillance system that will be implemented and tested along high priority border areas. The company will also provide training and sustainment activities and will eventually transfer the capabilities to the Moldovan government. The purpose of the border security system is to prevent the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and related materials across the country’s borders. “This win further validates our proven approach to designing and implementing effective border security solutions that support threat reduction with predictable cost, schedule and technical performance,” says David Appel, director of Defense and Federal Solutions for Raytheon’s Intelligence, Information and Services business.

CBP Awards Sentrillion $8M for Surveillance Support Contract

Sentrillion Corp. has received a $7.7 million contract bridge from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to provide support services to maintain the Centralized Area Video Surveillance System at CBP ports of entry and Border Patrol locations. The system provides real-time information to the 11 Centralize Area Surveillance Centers spread along the northern and southern borders of the U.S. Sentrillion is the incumbent contractor for the Border Security Deployment Program (BSDP) and the bridge contract has a six-month, $5.9 million base period and a three-month, $1.8 million option. The work will take place at 196 CBP locations and cover 7,000 sensors. CBP is developing an acquisition strategy for a recompete of the BSDP program and has identified three companies capable of performing the work.

Coast Guard Awards $32M BPA to MicroTech for Computer Services

MicroTech says it has received a potential $31.5 million blanket purchase agreement from the Coast Guard for Computer System Design Services, including products. The Coast Guard will acquire command and control systems, audio and visual telecommunications systems, display systems engineering, design, configuration, installation, testing, training, support services and end-to-end communications solutions at locations within and outside the continental U.S. MicroTech received a similar BPA from the Coast Guard in 2008.

Trinity Technology Nabs $24M Award for Screening Services at Florida Airport

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has awarded Trinity Technology Group a $24 million contract to provide airport screening services at Orlando Sanford International Airport in Florida under the Security Screening Partnership (SPP) program. TSA says it received 10 proposals for the work. Trinity has provided airport screening services to 11 other airports under the TSA SPP program.

GSA Awards $10M Bridge Task Order to CSC for Support of DCITA

CSC [CSC] has received a potential six-month, $10.1 million bridge task order from the General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Systems Integration and Management Center in support of the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3)/Defense Cyber Investigations Training Academy (DCITA). CSC received the original contract in 2009 and the bridge is to account for delays in the recompete. Under the task order, CSC will support the DCITA schoolhouse and all the activities necessary to develop, enhance, implement, and deliver cyber investigation training for the federal and Defense Department individuals responsible for securing information systems. The DCITA manages a course catalog that offers over 25 cyber intelligence courses and ha a lifetime student enrollment of nearly 19,000 cyber investigators.

Leidos Nabs $18M for Imaging Systems

The Navy has awarded Leidos [LDOS] a $17.5 million modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for the purchase of additional Future Radiographic Systems (FRS), parts and engineering support. The FRS system provides military services with a portable system that gives real-time down-range imaging capability. The system assists explosive ordnance disposal technicians and analyzing the condition of a device or munitions. The Navy obligated $6.9 million at the time of the award.

DNDO Awards GE, Passport Systems, and Physical Sciences for RAIN Demo

The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) has awarded contracts to three companies for advanced technology demonstrations for the Radiation Awareness and Interdiction Network (RAIN). General Electric [GE] received an $8.1 million contract for research, development, design, characterization and demonstration of a node of the RAIN system. Passport Systems received a $7 million contract although no description was provided about the proposed research. Physical Sciences’ contract is for $6.2 million and is also for research, development, design and demonstration of a node in the RAIN system. According to the original solicitation in March 2014, a RAIN system would be composed of many potential nodes that would be deployed around a region and provide actionable information on whether radiological or nuclear threat materials are entering or departing that region. Under the system, radiation detectors, ancillary sensors, image capture systems, and automated analysis and data communications would all be integrated to detect, localize and provide information on a specific conveyance carrying threat materials.

L-3 Receives $6M from TSA for EDS Parts and Services

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has awarded L-3 Communications [LLL] at least $6 million for various equipment and services related to the company’s eXaminer medium-speed explosive detection systems (EDS) that are deployed at a number of airports throughout the U.S. The value of the work being contracted appears to be more but portions of the justification and approval notices published by the agency on the FedBizOpps.gov site are redacted.

ICE Awards Wexler Technical Solutions $1.5M for EAGLE MIB Support

Wexler Technical Solutions (WTS) has received a six-month, $1.5 million order from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to continue providing software operations and maintenance support services for the Enforcement Integrated Database Arrest Graphical User Interface for Law Enforcement (EAGLE) Mobile Identification and Booking (MIB) solution. According to WTS, EAGLE MIB is a project within the Identification and Booking program and overall Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) portfolio that provides arrested subject processing tools specifically tailored to the business needs of the ICE HSI. EAGLE MIB is a one-ICE solution for a universal booking and biometric system for all criminal and alien arrests, WTS says. The new order includes support services for the EAGLE Directed Identification Environment mobile capability.

USCIS Awards EIS $8M for Data Analytic Tool

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has awarded Executive Information Systems (EIS) a potential four-year, $8.2 million contract to provide additional Statistical Analysis Systems software and related services. The agency’s Verification Division uses the software to identify subtle patterns of non-confirmations by integrating disparate data sources to verify immigration status.

FEMA Awards CACI $3M for Primary Entry Point O&M

CACI International [CACI] has received a one-year, $2.6 million contract extension from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for continued support for the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). CACI currently support IPAWS to manage and coordinate maintenance, upgrades, purchase and replacement of Primary Entry Point (PEP) related equipment in support of the Emergency Alert System (EAS), a national alert and warning system used by the President of the United States to issue warning and provide information to the American public during extreme national emergencies. EAS is comprised of AM, FM and TV broadcast stations, cable stations, direct broadcast satellite services, and other participating entities. FEMA enters into agreements with commercial radio stations to participate in the PEP program to receive and transmit presidential messages. A new contract for IPAWS will be awarded during FY ’15.