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Research arm puts lid on contracts

The Homeland Security Department’s research division is considering quasi-classified procurement announcements to conceal U.S. security gaps. The Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) is likely to model its broad agency announcements after the way the Pentagon handles classified projects, according to Jane Alexander, HSARPA’s deputy director. “It is similar to what we have done at the Department of Defense,” Alexander told Federal Computer Week in a telephone interview. “Sometimes you do a phased BAA [Broad Agency Announcement] if the BAA itself is classified and I can’t publish it openly.” Full Story

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