DHS hires contractor to get Security LOB going

The Department of Homeland Security has hired a contractor and set a deadline to get the Security Line of Business Consolidation effort off the ground.

John Sindelar, acting associate administrator in the General Services Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy and program executive for the LOB initiatives, said DHS is setting up a program management office and has initially set an April 2007 deadline to implement two of the fours areas under the Security LOB: user awareness training and Federal Information Security Management Act reporting.

'It is not where we will consolidate around a center of excellence, but some standards and low-cost options for agencies to adopt over time,' said Sindelar, who spoke yesterday at a conference on Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 and E-Authentication in Washington sponsored by the Potomac Forum Inc. of Potomac, Md.

The first kickoff meeting is scheduled for next week, where an interagency task force will be put together to work on these issues.

To help get the LOB moving, on July 7 DHS hired CapGemin of New York, which subcontracted to SiloSmashers Inc. of Fairfax, Va., to provide program management support.

Bruce Higgins, SiloSmashers senior vice president for business development, said the contract was let through a blanket purchase agreement and would be for one base year with four one-year options.

SiloSmashers will provide support services to the program management office, which includes assisting with the development of the business case, the capital planning and investment control process, and helping with risk management issues, Higgins said.

'This is really true follow-on work to turning LOBs into program management offices,' Higgins said. 'This is similar to what we are doing for the new Lines of Businesses. But what will be different is, this is the first one we are doing for [a] managing partner that is not GSA or OMB.'

Higgins could not say how much the contract was worth.

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