It's the Science & Technology Directorate's first crowdsourced competition, which is seeking real-time, accurate tracking solutions that can locate first responders during emergencies.
Both technologies are being developed at the Army's Edgewood Chemical Biological Center. One is a small electronic device called the VOCkit system, while the other is a a hand-held device called "SmartCAR," which stands for the smart color-metric assay reader.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology awarded $20 million over five years to develop the new Community Resilience Center of Excellence, which will be based in Fort Collins, Colo. The agency has the option to renew the award for another five years after that.
The Secret Service should have its own policies and procedures and a designated "component acquisition executive" that strengthen its acquisition program as well as integrate best practices into its daily operations, the IG report said.
Several Homeland Security Department officials testified at a congressional hearing that their agency's operations, staff and work with emergency officials and the private sector would be significantly jolted if lawmakers don't fund the department past Feb. 27.
The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence is seeking participants who can provide products and technical expertise that would enable energy companies to essentially gain a greater "situational awareness" of their operations so they can take quick and appropriate action to investigate and address problems as well as share the information with other companies.
San Diego State University is developing a program that would display aerial imagery of critical infrastructure before and after a major disaster to help first responders better assess the situation and deploy resources accordingly.
The agency, which screens passengers at airports, is requesting $7.35 billion for next fiscal year. Of that total budget authority, $7.09 billion is gross discretionary spending.
Among some of the bigger budget winners within the Homeland Security Department, management and operations, the inspector general's office and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office would see double-digit percentage increases under the president's recently unveiled 2016 budget proposal. However, DHS's research and development would see a significant decline in its proposed spending plan.
The Coast Guard, which has numerous responsibilities ranging from search and rescue to drug interdiction, would see a modest 1.6 percent increase – or about $153 million – under the president's recently unveiled 2016 budget proposal.