DHS reveals details of RFP for HART
09 March 2017 21:18 GMT

A DHS spokesperson has provided more details on the Office of Biometric Identity Management’s (OBIM’s) efforts to engage industry in a Request for Proposal (RFP) for new 'Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology' (HART) to replace the US-VISIT/IDENT system.  

Speaking to Planet Biometrics, he said that the RFP was released through EAGLE II.  

“The Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) RFP was released Feb. 13, 2017 through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) EAGLE II procurement vehicle,” he noted.

“HART will replace the current DHS Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT) with greater capacity, more functionality, increased speed of transaction, be more responsiveness to future needs and offer significantly improved user effectiveness”.

The spokesman noted that the release was delayed while the DHS procurement team worked diligently to perform an in-depth review of the procurement package.

“We were able to stay engaged with industry by providing additional drafts of the RFP before the final document was released Feb. 13, 2017.”

“When HART is fully operational, it will offer a broader range of services to Federal government agencies, state and local law enforcement, the intelligence community, and international partners. HART will provide DHS with a flexible, scalable and more efficient biometric system that supports core DHS missions and operations for the future.”

OBIM operates and maintains the Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT), the largest automated biometric identification system in the U.S. government. With the advent of advanced technology and the expansion of biometric services, DHS OBIM is replacing IDENT with a new biometric system known as Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART).

With regards to when the contract will be awarded, the spokesman noted:

“We have a strong team on standby to perform the evaluation, and we are prepared to conduct this as efficiently as possible. For more information, see the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Procurement Operations (OPO) for more information during this formal solicitation”.