The Department of Homeland Security Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) is seeking a tool to help it develop, capture and assess requirements and obtain stakeholder approvals through a centralize process.

DHS has a host of technical criteria in mind for the requirements tool, including defining, managing and engineering requirements processes, scoring requirements to determine quality, maturity and validation, and allowing for review, approval and reuse.

“The tool will also enable the automated generation of use cases, user stories, and test cases,” DHS said.

The forthcoming acquisition is part of a new process for OBIM, called Requirements Development and Management Process, that will be implemented this fall “with an eye towards mitigating and resolving identified issues in the current usage of multiple uncoordinated tools for managing requirements,” DHS said in a Request for Information published on May 5 in the government contracting opportunities site

OBIM provides biometric storage, matching and analytic services to DHS and interagency stakeholders. The agency’s IDENT matching and storage system is aging and will soon begin to be replaced by the Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) system, which will be more scalable in terms of numbers or records and biometric modalities.

OBIM expects HART to achieve its initial operational capability in late 2024.