U.S. DOT sets deadline for transport security papers

by Canadian Shipper

The U. S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) is extending the deadline to Nov. 21 for submitting technical papers project activities that would improve the security or reduce the vulnerability of transportation services to accidental or intentional disruption.

RSPA’s objective is to identify developing technologies, methods and concepts that would have the ability to predict, detect or deal with security threats in all types of transportation services and operations.

Examples of these activities would be in-flight aviation threats, service disruptions to marine operations and ports, and surveillance of transportation systems through land and space-based sensing, communications and control technologies.

A two-phase proposal submission process is currently underway. During the first phase, interested parties are requested to submit white papers which describe their ideas in response to the BAA. RSPA will subsequently convene an evaluation panel to review all submitted descriptions. In the second phase, submitters of the most innovative ideas will be requested to provide more detailed descriptions to have their submissions formally evaluated. These full proposals in the second phase may form the basis for a subsequent contract.

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