Past Solicitations
BAA 13-03
Advanced Trace Detection Instrumentation and Methodologies

This solicitation is a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) issued under the provisions of paragraph 6.102(d)(2) of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to provide for the competitive selection of research proposals. A formal Request for Proposal (RFP) will not be issued. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate is soliciting white papers which will be evaluated in accordance with this BAA. From the submitted and evaluated white papers, participants may be invited to submit full proposals under this BAA. Contracts based on responses to this BAA are considered to be the result of full and open competition and in full compliance with the provisions of Public Law (PL) 98-369, The Competition in Contracting Act of 1984. Awards under this BAA are planned in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. Currently no funds are committed for any contract awards that may be selected pursuant to this BAA. No contract awards will be made until appropriated funds are available from which payment for contract purposes can be made. This BAA will consist of four technical areas: Technical Area 1) Retrofit of ETD systems currently approved for air cargo transport screening, specifically those systems listed in the Qualified or Approved Technology sections of the TSAs Air Cargo Screening Technology List (ACSTL) as of January 2014. The retrofit should expand the library while improving detection capabilities and/or instrument reliability and maintainability. Technical Area 2) Delivery of a desktop ETD system for cargo, baggage, and personnel screening in air transport environments that can selectively and sensitively identify threats from a significantly expanded library when compared to trace explosives detectors previously certified by TSA, and is structured to be modular in order to enable spiral upgrades as improvements in explosives detection are realized in the future. Technical Area 3) Development of a portable ETD system that will advance threat detection capability while reducing the required footprint for ETD systems. Technical Area 4) Research and development of various advanced trace explosives detection tools and methods, including signature analysis and data analytics and advanced sampling tools and methodology. All of which will foster spiral upgrades and enhance performance subsequent to the next generation desktop and portable ETD systems.

Topics

TA-1 - Retrofit of Explosives Trace Detection Systems

The primary objective of this technical area is to retrofit Qualified and Approved Technology from TSAs ACSTL as of January 2014 to enable expanded library (with options to include narcotics trace detection) and/or improved throughput, and/or increased Pd, and/or reduced Pfa; instruments proposed for retrofit that are not on this list will be considered non-responsive to this technical area.

TA-2 - Desktop Explosives Trace Detection Systems

The primary objective of this technical area is to develop advanced desktop ETDs suitable for cargo, baggage, or personnel screening in air transport environments. This advanced ETD must meet an expanded library requirement and be modular in design.

TA-3 - Portable Explosives Trace Detection Systems

The primary objective of this technical area is to develop a portable ETD suitable for security screening of cargo, baggage, or personnel.

TA-4 - Trace Explosives Detection Tools and Methods

The primary objective of this technical area is to advance ETD component technologies in order to a) define innovative measurement system architectures that jointly optimize the physical measurement system and mathematical processing framework to provide a unified or jointly designed data acquisition, processing, and detection system which will reduce false alarms rates while maintaining the percent detection, b) provide spiral upgrades in a modular approach to the desktop and portable ETD systems detailed in sections 1.8.4.2 and 1.8.4.3 via development of new sampling methods for trace explosives detection in cargo, checked baggage, and/or checkpoint screening in air transport environments.

Key Dates
Solicitation Open Date:
04/08/2014
White Paper Registration Deadline:
05/07/2014 12:00 PM ET
White Paper Submission Deadline:
05/08/2014 12:00 PM ET
Submission Deadline:
07/28/2014 12:00 PM ET


Amendments and Q&As
amendment icon Amendment # 5
Posted Date 5/6/14
Questions and Answers

amendment icon Amendment # 4
Posted Date 5/2/14

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Amendment 3 to final BAA 13-03 solicitation document(showing as Amendment 4 in the BAA Portal) extends the White Paper registration deadline to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Wednesday, 7 May 2014.


amendment icon Amendment # 3
Posted Date 4/28/14

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Amendment 2 to final BAA 13-03 solicitation document(showing as Amendment 3 in the BAA Portal) extends the White Paper registration deadline to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Thursday, 1 May 2014.


amendment icon Amendment # 2
Posted Date 4/23/14
Questions and Answers

amendment icon Amendment # 1
Posted Date 4/23/14
Amendment 1 to final BAA 13-03 document.



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