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Homeland Security Report

Briefing

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has awarded two contracts worth a combined $1.1 million to enhance drone detection and data privacy. Under a $750,000 contract, the Regents of the Univ. of Colorado will develop the DronePD drone intrusion detection and tracking system, which the directorate says is more-cost effective and relies…

Pekoske Expects CT Award Shortly

Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske says the agency this month or early in 2019 will award a contract for its first large buy of computed tomography (CT)-based baggage scanners for use at airport checkpoints.Industry officials are expecting for an award of 169 CT machines, with TSA selecting anywhere from one to four of the…

TSA Eyeing 2020 to Begin Operationalizing Biometrics at Airport Checkpoints

The Transportation Security Administration in 2019 plans to further expand evaluations of facial recognition technology used to help identify select travelers at airport security checkpoints with a goal to begin operationalizing the biometric technology beginning in 2020, according to an agency official.This year TSA, in partnership with Customs and Border Protection, began pilot tests of…

FAA Plans Proposed Rulemaking for Remote Drone Identification

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) next spring plans to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) related to remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operating around airports and the national airspace to help law enforcement and other authorities rapidly identify potentially wayward drones and their operators, an agency official says.The “intent” of the rulemaking…

Tech Developments

Australian Airport Evaluating Smiths Detection’s CT Checkpoint ScannerSmiths Detection says that Melbourne Airport in Australia is evaluating the company’s computed tomography (CT)-based checkpoint screening system, along with new automated screening lanes and a software platform that networks the lanes. For the trial, Smiths is supplying its HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX scanner, iLane.evo automated screening lane that…

Contract Awards

MCR Federal on $48M DHS Cost Analysis Services ContractMCR Federal, LLC, says it has won a spot on the Department of Homeland Security Cost Analysis Division’s Specialized Cost Services Blanket Purchase Agreement that has a shared ceiling value of $48 million over five years. MCR will provide cost estimation and analysis services across the entire…

Business Opportunities

DHS CWMD Office Issues RFI for Support ServicesThe Department of Homeland Security Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to industry for administrative, programmatic, systems engineering, research analysis, and scientific support services to facilitate the acquisition of radiological, nuclear, chemical and biological detection systems. Respond by Dec. 12.…