14 April 2004
Subject: Homeland Report
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2004 20:37:53 -0700 (PDT)
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Inter-Operable Communications System for First Responders
Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry announced that some of the $32 million for homeland security that was recently awarded to the state will be used to enhance critical infrastructure and provide an inter-operable communications system. The governor stated that the funds will help take an important step toward the coordination of information sharing in the first responder community.
DHS Requests Extension for Biometric Passport Requirement
The Bush administration has asked Congress to pass legislation that would extend for two years, the October 26, 2004 deadline for Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries to have machine-readable passports which include biometric identifiers, and also for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to have readers for these biometric passports at all ports of entry. In the context of this request, DHS announced that it will begin processing visitors traveling under the VWP in US-VISIT beginning September 30, 2004, at air and sea ports of entry.
TSA Seeks Private-Sector Proposals for Registered-Traveler Pilot Program
David M. Stone, acting administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), announced that the agency is seeking responses from the private sector to a request for proposal, for a Registered Traveler Pilot Program that will begin in select airports in late June. Interested parties must describe in their response how they would provide program management, biometric capabilities, tactical operations and systems integration support.
New Appointments to Homeland Security Committees
Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge announced the appointments of Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski and Nevada Attorney General Brian Sandoval to serve as members of the State and Local Officials Senior Advisory Committee (SLSAC) of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. The secretary also appointed Chuck Canterbury, a current member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, to serve as the vice chair of the Emergency Response Senior Advisory Committee. These two committees, composed of experts representing state and local government, provide advice on increasing America's security.
Homeland Security Contracting Forum
BNA is holding its second annual forum "Contracting with the Department of Homeland Security" on May 10-12, 2004 in Arlington, Virginia. Featured speakers for the event include DHS Chief Procurement Officer Gregory Rothwell, DHS Chief Information Officer Steven I. Cooper and DHS Director of Domestic Preparedness C. Suzanne Mencer.
World Conference on Disaster Management
The Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness will present the 14th World Conference on Disaster Management on June 20-23, 2004, in Toronto, Canada. Disaster and emergency assistance professionals from all over the world are expected to attend.
Grants and Funding
$2.9 Billion in Homeland Security Grants to State and Local Governments
For the last two weeks the Department of Homeland Security has been awarding grants -- the total of which will be $2.2 billion from the State Homeland Security Grant Program and $725 million from the Urban Area Security Initiative -- to state and local governments to help first responders across the nation better protect their communities. A list of the recipients and the amounts is available online.
$26 Million Released for Pre-Disaster Mitigation
Michael D. Brown, under secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response, announced the release of $26 million in Pre-Disaster Mitigation Competitive (PDM-C) Grant Program funds to states, territories and federally recognized tribes. The grant program is a presidential initiative administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for pre-disaster mitigation planning and projects primarily addressing natural hazards. A list of recipients is available online.
$25 Million for Georgia G8 Summit Security Efforts
The state of Georgia was recently awarded $25 million in federal funding to help reimburse security costs associated with the G8 Summit planned in Sea Island, Georgia, June 8-10. The funding is earmarked to assist local and state law enforcement agencies, which will help provide security for the G8 Summit. Direct overtime for law enforcement personnel will be given top priority, along with training, meals and lodging, insurance and equipment.
$16.1 Million in Security Grants for New York's Mass Transit System
New York received $16.1 million to upgrade the state's transit security. This money is part of $50 million in mass-transit security grants allocated by the Department of Homeland Security in FY 04. The transit systems receiving funding were determined based upon the number of annual riders and overall track mileage. Allowable uses of funds include installation of physical barricades, area monitoring systems such as video surveillance, motion detectors, chemical/radiological material detection systems, lighting, integrated communications systems, planning, training and exercises. Each transit system is required to conduct an assessment and preparedness plan.
$4 Million for Fire Prevention and Safety Grants
Michael D. Brown, under secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response, also announced $4 million for 112 Fire Prevention and Safety grants that are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Fire Prevention and Safety aspect of the AFG program reserves the highest priority for projects focusing on the prevention of fire-related injuries to children. View recipients online.
DHS Announces Development of the Homeland Secure Data Network
DHS announced a contract to initiate the implementation of the Homeland Secure Data Network (HSDN). The HSDN will provide DHS officials with a modern IT infrastructure for securely communicating classified information. DHS selected Northrop Grumman to design, implement and operate the HSDN. The General Services Administration (GSA) made the award through a GSA Millennia contract at a potential value of over $350 million if all options are exercised by the end of 2005.
DHS Selects Contractors for New Biological Detection Systems
More than a dozen teams have been selected for contract negotiations with the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA). These contractors will research and develop biological countermeasures leading to next-generation detection sensors and systems. Under the agreement the teams will have access to approximately $48 million to conduct the first phase of projects over the next 18 months.
Decatur County Integrates 911 System and GIS
Decatur County, Ind., recently partnered with Schneider Corp. to integrate the county's enhanced 911 system with the county's geographic information system (GIS). The 911 system has the ability to pinpoint the location of emergency calls from cellular phones, while the county's GIS incorporates high-resolution, accurate aerial photography of the entire county. By integrating these two systems the county will have a single system to address public-safety issues and taxation as well as other issues such as planning, engineering and daily operations.
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