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2 DHS Science & Technology Directorate First Responder Integrated Product Team (IPT) Development Strategy Mr. Randel Zeller Director, Interagency and First Responder Programs Science and Technology Directorate U.S. Department of Homeland Security

3 Technology “Development” Process Today Capability gaps are usually identified by ‘end users’. –(or a vendor … who also has a “solution” to offer) Most agencies check with other organizations to corroborate the gap and determine what solutions are available. –(i.e. best practice, “what works”) Technologies utilizing force (LE) require an extensive legal review, including soliciting and addressing public reaction and opinion.

4 Technology “Development” Process Today A purchase order is requested or locally generated –Procurement decisions are determined by mandate, need, and budget (Note: Homeland Security Grant Funds augment General Funds) The new equipment is locally purchased and integrated with the existing deployed systems and equipment –Using agency IT, Motor Pool, or vendor personnel –Compatibility and interoperability issues must be resolved locally –Training, Life cycle maintenance, and privacy issues locally resolved  No universally recognized “honest broker” process or resource  No logical process for meeting the long term technology needs of the agency  Technology push by vendors vice technology development pull by First Responders

5 Technology Needs Development Firefighter Associations Emergency Services Associations State Government Emergency Medical Technician Associations Tribal Government Federal Government Department of HLS Department of Justice Police Officers Firefighters Emergency Medical Territorial Government Security Associations Law Enforcement Associations

6 Transportation Security Information Sharing/Mgmt Cargo Security Cyber Security People ScreeningInfrastructure Protection Border Security Incident Management Prep & ResponseInteroperability Counter IED Chem/BioMaritime Security Gathering Mechanism for Customer Requirements: DHS S&T Capstone IPTs First Responder

7 First Responder Capstone IPT Critical Infrastructure Key Resources (CI/KR) First Responder RDT&E Coordinating Working Group Emergency Services Sector/Gov Coordinating Council Requirements DHS First Responder RDT&E Coordinating Council S&T First Responder Coordination Council FEMA Grants Commercialization T&E Standards FundingSolutions

8 First Responder Capstone IPT Critical Infrastructure Key Resources (CI/KR) First Responder RDT&E Coordinating Working Group Emergency Services Sector/Gov Coordinating Council Requirements DHS First Responder RDT&E Coordinating Council S&T First Responder Coordination Council FEMA Grants Commercialization T&E Standards FundingSolutions International Solutions University based Centers of Excellence First Responder Advanced Research

9 DHS S&T Directorate Homeland Security S&T Enterprise HSI Centers of Excellence National Labs DHS Labs DHS RESEARCH AFFILIATES NASA DoD HHS NIST DoJ DoE NIH NSF FEDERAL PARTNERS UARCs International Industry Associations PUBLIC/ PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERS NOAA DoT Rev EPA State Local Tribal Territorial

10 Centers of Excellence S&T DIVISIONS Infrastructure/ Geophysical Human Factors Borders/Maritime Command, Control & Interoperability Chemical/BiologicalExplosives IDS-UACs RVACs COE for Explosives Detection, Mitigation & Response COE for Transportation Security Consolidated CCI Center COE for Border Security & Immigration COE for Maritime, Island & Remote/Extreme Environment Security COE for Natural Disasters, Coastal Infrastructure & Emergency Management Risk, Economics and Operations Analysis Risk Sciences Branch & HSI Risk Determination COE for Transportation Security

11 SAFETY Act  Enables the development and deployment of effective anti-terrorism technologies by creating systems of “risk management” and “litigation management”  Provides important legal liability protections for manufacturers and sellers of technologies that could save lives in the event of a terrorist attack  Protections apply only to claims arising out of, relating to, or resulting from an Act of Terrorism  Removes barriers to industry investments in new and unique technologies to combat the gathering threat of terrorism  Creates market incentives for industry to invest in measures to enhance the security of the Nation  For more information, visit

12 SAVER Mission The SAVER Program assists State & local responders making procurement decisions The SAVER Program: –Conducts impartial, practitioner relevant, and operationally oriented assessments and validations of emergency responder equipment –Provides information that enables decision makers and responders to better select, procure, use, and maintain emergency responder equipment Recently Transferred from FEMA to S&T https://saver.fema.gov

13 Major SAVER Products SAVER Highlight Very Short, 2 to 3 Paragraphs Announces start or completion of SAVER Effort Examples include: Assessment Initiation, SAVER Summary Publication, or Availability of Guide or Handbook SAVER TechNote Short two page Report Summarizes technical issue important to responders SAVER Summary Short 5 to 10 page Report Summarizes a SAVER comparative assessment report or other Report Written in easy to understand style and format that is useful for the Emergency Responder – “Consumer Report” Style Technical Reports Prepared by SAVER Technical Agent Equipment information important to Emergency Responders Examples include: Focus Group Reports, Assessment Reports, Handbooks, Market Surveys, etc.

14 TechSolutions Mission: Mission: To rapidly address technology gaps identified by Federal, State, Local, and Tribal first responders –Field prototypical solutions in 12 months –Cost should be commensurate with proposal but less than $1M per project –Solution should meet 80% of identified requirements –Provide a mechanism for Emergency Responders to relay their capability gaps –Capability gaps are gathered using a web site (www.dhs.gov/techsolutions)www.dhs.gov/techsolutions –Gaps are addressed using existing technology, spiral development, and rapid prototyping –Emergency Responders partner with DHS from start to finish Rapid Technology Development Target: Solutions Fielded within 1 year, at ~<$1M

15 TechSolutions Projects 3-D Location Ocular Scanning Nerve Agents/Toxic Gases Next Generation Breathing Apparatus Biometric Identification Fire Ground Compass Carrizo Cane – Bio Agent

16 Establishes Central Federal Technology Clearinghouse Issues Announcements for Innovative Solutions Establishes S&T Technical Assessment Teams Provides guidance for the evaluation, purchase, and implementation of homeland security enhancing technologies Provides users with information to develop or deploy technologies that would enhance homeland security Enables technology transfer Tech Clearinghouse Umbrella Portal & Technology Communities of Practices Rapidly disseminates technology information on products and services to Federal, State, local, Tribal government and private sector entities, in order to encourage technological innovation and facilitate the mission of the Department of Homeland Security.

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