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Homeland Security Gets Bombarded with Proposals to Build Drones for the Border

drone-1142182_960_720By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security shouldn’t worry about finding sophisticated drones for the border.

The agency received so many bids to provide compact drones that the federal government ended the submission process two months early, NBC News reports

“As this was a pilot program, we were hoping to see a robust response from industry, but did not have a specific target [number of bids] in mind,” said Ari Shuler, director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Commercial Technology Innovation Program. “Our team’s expectations were exceeded as we received more than three dozen proposals.”

These aren’t just any drones. They are designed to identify people from the air using facial recognition technology, and the drones are capable of tracking people for at least 3 miles.

Border Patrol has used drones since 2005, but the technology is nowhere near as sophisticated as it is today.

FBI Blasted for Biased Bids Favoring Motorola for Two-Way Radio System

Logo-MotorolaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI – again – violated procurement rules in awarding a bid to Motorola Solutions for a new two-way radio system, the Government Accountability Office has concluded.

The Sun Herald reports that the GAO determined that the FBI solicited bids based on features that only Motorola can provide.

The contract was worth $335 million.

Lawyers for the GAO urged the FBI to cancel the solicitations after Motorola rival Harris Corp. protested.

The FBI has been trying to replace its 30-year-old Motorola system.