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DHS Hosts One-day Seminar for Academic Institutions

Academia is an important source of innovation in finding technological solutions to our nation's homeland security challenges. DHS' Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) is sponsoring a one-day workshop to obtain feedback from academic institutions on how universities want to work with the DHS R&D program. It is critical that HSARPA develop an efficient and flexible bid and procurement process so that it can work with the best talent in the field. The goal of the workshop is to gather input from academia on best practices in order to optimize the solicitation, bid, procurement and execution process to best meet the needs of our DHS users.

When: December 15, 2003
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Double Tree Crystal City
300 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

Register On-Line

We understand that academic institutions have specific requirements in partnering with the federal government.

Science and Technology: A Key Element in the War on Terrorism America's vast resources in science and technology give our nation a key advantage to fighting - and winning - the war on terrorism. Our nation needs academia, industry, and government working together to develop and deploy homeland security solutions. The Department of Homeland Security is working to facilitate collaborative partnerships between the R&D community and the federal government in order to prevent or mitigate the effects of catastrophic terrorism against the United States or its allies.

In this seminar, participants will have the opportunity to make recommendations to DHS on the following:

Planning: What do you need to know about DHS priorities in order to conduct your strategic and tactical planning?

Solicitations: What processes should DHS use to publicize and conduct our solicitations?

What are the best methods to assist academia in teaming with industry?

Procurements: How can DHS best use the various authorities provided to us?

Program Management: How can DHS best work with academia to insure successful program execution once we have begun?

And more.

Your input is critical to DHS developing streamlined procedures for working with universities and other academic institutions.

For additional information, contact:
Donna Blanger, CMP
4001 Fairfax Drive, #750
Arlington, VA 22203
Phone 703-465-5717
Fax 703-524-2449
blanger_donna at bah.com
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