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Peter Boriskin, Director of Product Management for ASSA ABLOY'S Commerical Electronic Access Control Products, indicates that he would like to describe the features and benefits of the SARGENT SE...


Mon, 2013-10-28 12:09 PM
DHS has decided to award a sole source task order to the Rand Corp., of Arlington, VA, to continue providing the analytic support that the department has required in past years to develop a resource...
Fri, 2013-10-25 04:08 PM
Since it was established last June, the Obama administration’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” policy -- which seeks to allow youthful immigrants to defer any possibility of being deported...
Fri, 2013-10-25 11:36 AM
The U.S. State Department’s bureau of information resource management (IRM) is looking for market research information from potential vendors who could supply a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)...
Wed, 2013-10-23 06:47 PM
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) protects the United States by promoting homeland security and public safety through the criminal and civil enforcement of federal laws governing...
Wed, 2013-10-23 04:01 PM

CBP employees screening
air cargo in pilot program

CBP has decided to extend a pilot program involving the transmission of data about air cargo heading toward the United States for an additional nine months – through July 26, 2014 – and has reopened...
Tue, 2013-10-22 02:58 PM
HID Global, a supplier of secure identity solutions, announced on October 22 the successful roll-out of the newly-designed Irish electronic passport (e-passport).  HID Global joined forces with...
Tue, 2013-10-22 11:36 AM
In an effort to keep track of more than 300,000, vehicles, pieces of IT equipment, weapons and other assets, DHS has decided to award a sole source contract to Annams Systems Corp., of San Ramon, CA...
Mon, 2013-10-21 06:01 PM

Felipe Campos-Gonzalez

A citizen of Mexico, who illegally re-entered the United States after being deported and is now wanted in his native country on murder charges, was removed on Oct. 16 by officers from U.S....
Sat, 2013-10-19 03:32 PM
The Government Printing Office (GPO) announced on October 18 that it plans to award a sole source contract to Luminescence International, a security ink manufacturer located in the UK, to provide...
Fri, 2013-10-18 05:05 PM

One muti-mode
detector from RAE

The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, a part of DHS, has issued a sources sought document that invites companies capable of developing what it calls a “human portable tripwire” -- essentially a...
Fri, 2013-10-18 08:03 AM

Jeh Johnson

President Obama is expected to announce the appointment of Jeh Johnson, a former general counsel of the Defense Department, as the fourth Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, replacing...
Fri, 2013-10-18 07:04 AM
Salient Federal Solutions, Inc. (Salient), a provider of information technology, training, engineering, and intelligence analytic services to agencies in the intelligence, defense, homeland security...

Company News

Autonomic Resources, a government Cloud Service Provider (CSP), has received a Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program (FedRAMP) provisional Authority to Operate (ATO) from the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB) for its ARC-P Cloud solution. 

SRA International, Inc., a provider of technology and strategic consulting services to government organizations, announced that on Dec. 16 the company completed its acquisition of the National Security Solutions (NSS) business from MorganFranklin, a privately held consulting and technology solutions firm headquartered in the Washington, DC metro area.

Former DHS secretary Tom Ridge has joined the advisory board of Cupertino, California-based advanced malware detection provider TaaSERA, Inc.

The company said Ridge will help guide it through its upcoming launch and further align the company’s attack behavior discovery methodology with techniques used by DHS and other law enforcement agencies to identify potential criminals and suspected terrorists.

ATC-NY, a subsidiary of computer network services provider Architecture Technology Corp., released a new computer forensic tool that it said is a simple command-line utility that can capture the contents of physical RAM on a suspect computer.

The company’s Windows Memory Reader allows investigators to gather volatile state information before shutting a suspect machine down.

Windows Memory Reader was developed as part of the Mem Marshal project, sponsored by the National Institute of Justice.

VSE Corporation reported on Dec. 3 that its subsidiary, Energetics Incorporated, as part of the MELEMAX Team, has been selected for a multiple award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) blanket purchase agreement (BPA) from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) for technical, programmatic and engineering support services.

BioNeutral Group, Inc. said it received positive test results from a private, independent research and development organization laboratory about its Ygiene IS sterilant sporicide that showed it was effective against fully virulent Bacillus anthracis Ames Spores.

The tests, said the company, were conducted to simulate real world contamination situations where both nonporous and porous surfaces would be present with fully virulent anthrax spores. Anthrax contaminated porous surfaces represent an especially difficult remediation testing situation, it said.

Open platform IP video management software provider Milestone Systems provided live video monitoring with archived recording capabilities to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) as the department managed space shuttle Endeavour’s recent weekend-long journey from the Los Angeles International Airport to its final home at the California Science Center.

E3 Federal Solutions, LLC (E3) was awarded one of six Indefinite Delivery-Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicles by the Department for Homeland Security (DHS) for Technical, Acquisition and Business Support Services (TABSS) under the Domain 1, Small Business Track.

The company said in a Nov. 27 statement that the primary goal of the contract is to establish a department-Wide IDIQ Multiple Award Contract vehicle for use by all DHS Components.

Commentary and Opinions

As a product-agnostic provider of HSPD-12 compliant design and installation services for physical security systems in federal buildings, our team has learned significant lessons about key phases of most projects.

First, it is critical to know the answers to certain questions prior to any design and installation activity.

Second, the type of project -- whether it is a remodeling or new construction of federal entities -- can create its own challenges.

Third, testing and validation is the final due diligence necessary for a successful system.

In a recent article, Government Security News proclaimed that the Homeland Security Department had awarded billions in contracts for “inherently governmental” work. But, in fact, that is not what DHS reported. Unfortunately, the article treated “inherently governmental” functions and positions that are considered “closely associated with inherently governmental” or “critical” as if they were all synonymous. But they are not.

This is a mistake that is all too common and has led to both confusion and, in some cases, misplaced concern.

"National security of the United States has been put at risk. The lives of people who work for the American people have been put at risk. The American people themselves have been put at risk by these actions that I believe are arrogant, misguided and ultimately not helpful in any way,” said U.S Attorney General Eric Holder, while announcing that “significant” actions related to the criminal investigation of WikiLeaks had been authorized.

Government agencies are more dependent than ever on computer systems to carry out their missions. From providing citizens access to public information over the Web to processing and accounting for trillions of dollars in spending, computer systems permeate virtually every aspect of government work.

In today’s connected world, government agencies face network attacks on a daily basis – from government-sanctioned espionage to serious international cyber thieves trying to gather intelligence, to amateur hackers playing around on their computers and trying to break in for ‘sport.’  Whatever the source, government networks are under attack and there have been numerous reports of data breaches of government systems, leaving officials scrambling to figure out how they got in, how long they accessed the network and what they were able to view or take during the breach.


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According to Bobby Brown, VP for Homeland Security, Telephonics business units include a Maritime Surveillance unit, a Communications unit and an Integrated Surveillance Group, which produces a ground-based Advanced Radar System (ARSS), with 1,600 systems deployed globally.  In recent years, Telephonics has collaborated with Customs and Border Protection to develop a package called the Mobile Surveillance System (MSS) that includes ground radar, pan-tilt cameras and a C2 system, with 44 systems presently in CBP’s inventory.

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Created to make metal detection quicker, easier and more reliable, Wizard Industries has released its new Security Wizard 4, a laser...

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