Homeland Security official details distribution of security funds

Protecting borders and transportation systems command much of the department's budget.

Most of the Homeland Security Department's spending is focused on protecting borders and transportation systems, and it targets immediate needs, experts said Tuesday.

The top 10 department contractors in 2003 received 42 percent of all departmental spending, said Gregory Rothwell, the chief procurement officer at Homeland Security. Only six contractors receive more than $100 million in department contracts, he added, and four out of five contractors are with the Transportation Security Administration.

Overall, the department made 82,192 procurements worth $6.76 billion, of which 88 percent were new contracts, Rothwell said. Top contractors included: Boeing, with $998.5 million; NCS Pearson, $549.5 million; Integrated Coast Guard Systems, $423 million; Unisys, $341 million; and Covenant Aviation Security, $104.8 million.

The most money was spent on the category of alarms, signals and other security systems, followed by other administrative support services, radio navigation (except air), basic services, and telecommunications services.

Software was among the top acquisitions for the Transportation Security Administration, law enforcement training, immigration and customs enforcement, the Secret Service and federal emergency management. The department has scheduled a number of outreach events, and its procurement Web site is http://www.dhs.gov/openforbusiness.

The Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) is targeting its efforts toward countering biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives attacks, according to David Edwards, a staff officer to HSARPA Deputy Director Jane Alexander.

The department soon will begin cyber research through a virtual facility that has been contracted outside government, Edwards said.

The department currently has open requests for bids on detection systems, methods for analyzing "scenes," bioinformatics and container security, Edwards said. Upcoming requests for bids include bomb detection, chemical detection and small-business solicitations. Bids are posted to http://www.fedbizopps.gov, he said.

HSARPA officials will highlight plans for the future at a July conference in San Diego, Edwards said.

Under the HSARPA bid process, providers send short summaries and may be invited to follow with full "white papers" describing their technologies, Edwards said, adding that staffers currently are evaluating hundreds of white papers. He said the agency is more interested in contracts than grants or mutual agreements. The white-paper process allows more communication between submitters and department officials about bids, he added.

Kei Kozuimi, director of the research and development budget and policy program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said defense and homeland security received the majority of the increases in R&D funding in the fiscal 2004 and fiscal 2005 budgets.

Under the White House request for fiscal 2005, Homeland Security R&D spending would increase by 15 percent, by far the most of any agency. "Clearly this is an area where the federal government feels a lot needs to be done," Kozuimi said.

Kozuimi said the majority of spending addresses immediate needs but added that there are signs the department is developing the basis for forward-looking research. He also said the biggest portion of government-wide R&D spending goes to the Health and Human Services Department.

X
This website uses cookies to enhance user experience and to analyze performance and traffic on our website. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. Learn More / Do Not Sell My Personal Information
Accept Cookies
X
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Do Not Sell My Personal Information

When you visit our website, we store cookies on your browser to collect information. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences or your device, and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to and to provide a more personalized web experience. However, you can choose not to allow certain types of cookies, which may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our First Party Strictly Necessary Cookies as they are deployed in order to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information about the First and Third Party Cookies used please follow this link.

Allow All Cookies

Manage Consent Preferences

Strictly Necessary Cookies - Always Active

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data, Targeting & Social Media Cookies

Under the California Consumer Privacy Act, you have the right to opt-out of the sale of your personal information to third parties. These cookies collect information for analytics and to personalize your experience with targeted ads. You may exercise your right to opt out of the sale of personal information by using this toggle switch. If you opt out we will not be able to offer you personalised ads and will not hand over your personal information to any third parties. Additionally, you may contact our legal department for further clarification about your rights as a California consumer by using this Exercise My Rights link

If you have enabled privacy controls on your browser (such as a plugin), we have to take that as a valid request to opt-out. Therefore we would not be able to track your activity through the web. This may affect our ability to personalize ads according to your preferences.

Targeting cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.

Social media cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools.

If you want to opt out of all of our lead reports and lists, please submit a privacy request at our Do Not Sell page.

Save Settings
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Cookie List

A cookie is a small piece of data (text file) that a website – when visited by a user – asks your browser to store on your device in order to remember information about you, such as your language preference or login information. Those cookies are set by us and called first-party cookies. We also use third-party cookies – which are cookies from a domain different than the domain of the website you are visiting – for our advertising and marketing efforts. More specifically, we use cookies and other tracking technologies for the following purposes:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Functional Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Performance Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Social Media Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Targeting Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.