G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc. announced on Feb. 16 that veteran higher education security and safety expert, John Pack, has joined its team of subject matter experts. With decades of experience in the higher education and campus security environment, John will focus on creating innovative security solutions for customers at colleges and universities around the U.S.
The recent decision by Congress to allocate the “D Block” portion of the spectrum to interoperable public safety communications came at nearly the same moment that Raytheon’s public safety communications business unit cut the ribbon on a new public safety communications center in Downey, CA; not long after the company donated substantial funds to a public safety communications research center affiliated with UCLA’s engineering school; and while Raytheon is actively marketing its Rapid Alliance approach to enhancing the legacy and future communi
Valentines Day turned out to be a good day for security guard companies in the United States.
One company, Vendtech-SGI, LLC, of McLean, VA, landed a contract worth more than $311.5 million to provide about 600 guards to protect approximately 200 different posts at more than 130 separate buildings in the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, according to a DHS notice posted online on Feb. 14.
The Passenger System Program Office within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is planning to issue a formal solicitation under “full and open competition” for a contractor that can provide software development, modernization, enhancement, operations and maintenance of a wide range of the office’s applications.
The PSPO issued an updated presolicitation notice on Feb. 16, but has not yet indicated when it plans to issue its formal solicitation.
FEMA is planning to award a 100% small business set-aside contract to a media monitoring firm that can monitor, archive and measure all local news in “major Nielsen markets,” all nationally broadcast news and all cable outlets for their news coverage of FEMA activities in the field across the U.S.
Ultra Electronics, 3eTI, a provider of highly secure wireless network solutions that enable critical infrastructure protection, information assurance and industrial automation, announced on Feb. 14 that it has received a $10 million award from the U.S.
The Government Technology & Services Coalition (GTSC), an organization for small and mid-sized companies in the federal homeland and national security market, announced on Feb. 13 the addition of the Battelle Memorial Institute, L-3 STRATIS and SAIC as mentors to their community of small and mid-sized members.
The “homeland security funding analysis” accompanying President Obama’s fiscal year 2013 budget request estimates that government-wide “budget authority” for homeland security-related spending will climb slowly-but-steadily in each of the next five years.
Total homeland security spending by approximately 31 different federal departments and agencies will amount to $68.7 billion in 2013 and will grow by an average of $1.8 billion per year (about 3%) for each of the next four years, so that total spending will exceed $76 billion by 2017, says the federal government’s analysis.
DHS is planning to spend up to $50 million to hire as many as four contractors to provide “aerial remote sensing” services, that will include taking photos from airborne sensors of homeland security missions and emergency incidents, processing those images and disseminating them throughout the department.
The chosen vendors will be asked to collect aerial imagery using digital cameras in what are known as “vertical” or “oblique” renditions to support emergency and non-emergency incidents nationwide.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) wants to organize two different focus groups per year -- one involving 500 immigrants; the other involving 500 “stakeholders” -- in order to gain further insights and early warnings, and improve the delivery of its communications, training and overall operations.