IN-DEPTH: Border Wall ‘Pre-Solicitation’ Amended as CBP Indicates Possible Expansion of RVSS Program

IN-DEPTH: Border Wall ‘Pre-Solicitation’ Amended as CBP Indicates Possible Expansion of RVSS Program

On February 24, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced a “Design-Build Structure” “presolicitation” out of its Indianapolis, Indiana office in advance of its intent to issue a formal “solicitation … on or about March 6, 2017 for the design and build of several prototype wall structures in the vicinity of the United States border with Mexico” to cover the currently more than 1,250 unsecured miles of the US border.

On March 3, however, CPB amended its pre-solicitation notice to provide additional information to interested bidders and due to a revision in strategy based on input received after the original posting.

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“An effective, integrated and secure IT infrastructure is vital for FEMA to carry out its mission,” said Inspector General John Roth. “Resolving some of these longstanding issues should be a top priority of FEMA’s leadership.”

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DHS has now made CDM available to 97 percent of the federal civilian government, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said in announcing the award.

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“The Securing the Cities program is a key part of the Department’s effort to protect the nation against the malicious use of nuclear and other radioactive materials,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. “Expanding this program to Houston and Chicago will bring these important capabilities to two more of our country’s largest metropolitan areas.”

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