Department of Homeland Security Seeks New ID System Called “Mobile Electronic Biometric/Biographic Data Collection Device”

Monday, June 3, 2013
By Paul Martin

Department of Homeland Security looks to upgrade personnel ID cards with $100 million RFP

By Adam Vrankulj
May 29, 2013

The Department of Homeland Security has published a request for proposal, seeking a decade-long project to upgrade personnel identification cards.

Reported in Nextgov, contracting documents related to this request show that about 161,924 cards will be replaced in 2013 and 116,172 cards will be replaced in 2014.

According to project plans, “the present Identity Management System was designed in 2008 and has remained basically unchanged since its inception. New more capable methods are now available that must be evaluated and implemented to move the IDMS process into compliance.”

As Nextgov notes, the deal, worth nearly $100 million ($99.5 million), includes all aspects of the implementation and operation process, including labor, materials and engineering services.

Reported previously, the Department of Homeland Security has also recently published a request for information, regarding a “mobile electronic biometric/biographic data collection device.” Specifically, the department says it is seeking information on the “current and near-term availability of a data collection device on a mobile electronic platform, capable of obtaining biometric and biographic information and communicating wirelessly through a virtual private network.”

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