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Buying Tech Performance

May 24, 2006 In August 2002, the Transportation Security Administration contracted with Unisys Corp. to build a multibillion-dollar telecommunications and information technology infrastructure, a mammoth project to connect 429 airports and TSA's command center. The agency's mandated deadline to have the new security operations running at all airports? Three months later. TSA opted...

Buying Tech Performance

May 15, 2006 For TSA, it's a tough climb to contract results. In August 2002, the Transportation Security Administration contracted with Unisys Corp. to build a multibillion-dollar telecommunications and information technology infrastructure, a mammoth project to connect 429 airports and TSA's command center. The agency's mandated deadline to have the new security operations...

Biodefense Showdown

May 15, 2006 Two anthrax vaccine makers vie for contract. Four and a half years after the anthrax attacks that killed five people in several states, the federal program to stockpile countermeasures against the deadly pathogen has become highly politicized, observers agree. The $877.5 million contract that vaccine manufacturer VaxGen Inc. won from...

Continuing flaws in anthrax programs cited

May 9, 2006 The federal government's method to detect anthrax in public places and its program to develop a vaccine for the deadly pathogen still have deficiencies, according to the Government Accountability Office. Testifying Tuesday before a House Government Reform subcommittee, Keith Rhodes of GAO said the Homeland Security Department needs to develop...

A Jump-Start for Transport IDs

May 1, 2006 Contract bid could rejuvenate stalled plan to issue security credentials at ports and other hubs. Lisa B. Himber has 10 employees in her Philadelphia office at the Maritime Exchange, a trade association that represents ports and other industry along the Delaware River and Bay. Last year, her staffers were among...

DHS to check port workers against terrorist watch lists

April 25, 2006 The Homeland Security Department will begin checking the identities of port workers for the first time under a rule announced Tuesday, and soon may take new action on a long-delayed program to issue identification cards for those who access sensitive areas of ports. The department will begin asking all longshoremen...

DHS to look at alternatives to defend jets from missiles

April 19, 2006 The Homeland Security Department is looking into alternative systems to protect commercial airliners from the threat of shoulder-fired missiles. DHS last week released a solicitation for help in evaluating systems to defend against Man Portable Air Defense Systems, or MANPADS. The department already is in the midst of a high-profile...