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Homeland Security Report

Briefing

Bollinger Shipyards delivered to the Coast Guard the 25th 154-foot Fast Response Cutter, the USCGC Jacob Poroo, which will be the second FRC stationed in Pascagoula, Miss. The Poroo will be commissioned on Nov. 8. So far the Coast Guard has ordered 38 of the 58 FRCs it plans to buy.The Critical Infrastructure Research Institute…

Scalable IT Backbone for Biometric Exit System to Be Ready in Early 2018, CBP Official Says

Next February, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) expects to have the robust information technology network backbone ready so that it can scale to handle the ramp up of a biometric-based system that will track the exit of foreign nationals from the U.S. in accordance with their visas, an agency official says.The Travel Verification System (TVS)…

As Award Nears, DHS Identity Office Planning for Future Needs

Any day now the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is about to award a contract to replace its existing biometric repository with a more robust and scalable system but the department’s identity management office is already focused on future needs looking out five years and beyond.Other groups within the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM)…

FBI Refreshing New Biometric Database as it Goes

Unlike its original electronic fingerprint database that went more than a decade without upgrading its fingerprint matching software, the FBI’s new multimodal biometric database is being enhanced along the way, taking advantage of the flexibility built into system, an agency official says.The FBI’s original Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), launched in 1999, didn’t receive…

Tech Developments

Analogic’s New CT Screening System Can Be Demonstrated following TSA CertificationAnalogic [ALOG] says the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has certified the company’s computed tomography-based checkpoint screening system, ConneCT, clearing the way for the carry-on baggage screener to begin testing at airport checkpoints in the U.S. The agency is already testing CT-based checkpoint systems offered by…

Contract Awards

Leidos Nabs DHS Secure Data Network Support ContractLeidos [LDOS] won a potential $684 million contract from the General Services Administration (GSA) to support the Department of Homeland Security’s secure data network used to share classified information across government agencies involved in homeland security missions. Leidos unseated Northrop Grumman [NOC], which won a contract in 2004 to…

Business Opportunities

DHS Schedules Third Strategic Industry Day for Oct. 19The Department of Homeland Security has set Thursday, Oct. 19 as the date for its Strategic Industry Day III. The event is part of the department’s Acquisition Innovation in Motions effort and will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Speakers include Claire Grady,…