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Airport Passenger Screening: Backscatter X-Ray Machines

Solicitation Number: RSEN-13-00004
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Office: Office of the Chief Procurement Officer
Location: Office of Procurement Operations
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Special Notice
Added: Dec 13, 2012 2:11 pm

The Department of Homeland Security, Office of Procurement Operations (OPO), Washington, DC intends to award a sole source contract to the National Academy of Sciences pursuant to FAR 6.302-1 to convene a committee to review previous studies as well as current processes used by DHS and equipment manufacturers to estimate radiation exposure resulting from backscatter x-ray advanced imaging technology (AIT) systems used in screening air travelers and provide a report with findings and recommendations on: (1) whether exposures comply with applicable health and safety standards for public and occupational exposures to ionizing radiation, and (2) whether system design (e.g., safety interlocks), operating procedures, and maintenance procedures are appropriate to prevent over exposures of travelers and operators to ionizing radiation. This study will not address legal, cultural, or privacy implications of this technology.

This notice is for information purposes only and is not a request for quotation - no contract will be awarded on the basis of offers received in response to this notice. No solicitation will be issued for this sole source requirement and no other information will be provided. A determination not to compete this proposed contract based on this notice is within the discretion of the Government.


Office of the Chief Procurement Officer
Washington, District of Columbia 20528
United States
Fernando Soto-Perez
Phone: 2022545345
Duane Schatz
Phone: 2022542417