National security concerns impacts contract extension, government recordkeeping

March 7, 2016 - 

Northrop Grumman was recently granted a sole-source extension to supply an unspecified U.S. Army unit with biometric technology.

The 12-month, $19.5 million bridge task order will cover systems engineering and technical assistance services.

Under the task order, Northrop Grumman will provide technical services until the end of February 2017, when a competitive procurement process is expected to launched through the General Services Administration.

Subjected to national security restrictions, public details about the contract extension were heavily redacted.

Also, in a bid to enhance national security, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed to establish a new system of records to deal with insider threats.’

The proposed system will enable the DHS to manage insider threat inquiries, investigations, and other activities associated with complaints, inquiries, and investigations regarding the unauthorized disclosure of classified national security information, identification of potential threats to DHS resources and information assets, tracking of referrals of potential insider threats to internal and external partners and providing statistical reports and meeting other insider threat reporting requirements.

The department is issuing a so called “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” to exempt this system of records from certain provisions of the Privacy Act. A result, DHS is soliciting comments on these changes and is seeking to obtain them before March 28, 2016. This new system will be effective March 28, 2016.

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