DHS issues OTS, schedules Virtual Industry Day for Human Performance and Resiliency requirement

Updated October 13, 2021

Notice ID 70RSAT22R00000004


This Other Transaction Solicitation (OTS) Call ‘Human Performance and Resiliency’ is being issued against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science & Technology Directorate (S&T), Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP), 5-Year Innovation OTS (70RSAT21R00000006). All terms and conditions of the DHS S&T SVIP 5-Year Innovation OTS (70RSAT21R00000006) remain incorporated into this Call unless otherwise noted herein.  The SVIP 5-Year Innovation OTS is available at SAM.gov.

There is a virtual industry day for this call on November 10, 2021.  The first deadline for applications under this call is January 13, 2022.  The final deadline for applications is April 13, 2022…”

“2.2 Scope of Work

DHS intends to deploy human performance and resiliency-centric capabilities to improve the health, wellness, safety, and performance of DHS personnel. DHS recognizes that human beings and human wellness are complex issues, yet desires to engage industry with these topics in order to identify and/or develop capabilities that can provide awareness to individuals of their current stress, performance, and wellness levels to enable early interventions so crisis conditions can be avoided. The scope of this project is to find innovative technological solutions that will improve the overall health and wellness of those consistently placed in high-stress and dangerous conditions. To combat the growing issues facing many law enforcement entities, solutions should 1.) Increase self-awareness of physical and mental status and associated limitations; 2.) Promote actions or provide interventions that optimize human performance and resilience; and 3.) Define how DHS can measure well-being as a trackable metric over time.

Furthermore, DHS is seeking capabilities that not only promote intervention action when necessary, but preemptively and in real-time optimize DHS personnel performance and resilience. Solutions will broadly allow two primary sources of input: biometric (e.g. detected automatically on wearer by the device/s) and through psychosocial information (e.g. entered into software – voice transcribed or typed, etc. – by the user). Outputs of the technology shall reveal user actions that are currently maintaining resilience and/or enhancing performance and feedback to continue doing such actions. In addition, factors that are liabilities to the user’s resilience or human performance should be flagged as risk to the user and feedback provided on how to mitigate or manage those liabilities…”

“3. Technical Topic Areas

DHS is seeking technologies and solutions, particularly those based on research literature on the safety, health and wellness of law enforcement, operations, and mission support professionals, or other medically backed and peer-reviewed methodologies, that address challenges outlined in one or more of the following TTAs.

Applications shall describe alignment to at least one of the TTAs listed below; provide a detailed explanation of the solution’s data architecture that outlines how user privacy is maintained, how the data is collected, stored, shared across systems, and protected in a secure manner; and describe the scientific or medical principles upon which the technology is built, including evidence of effectiveness. While DHS is interested in meeting the goals of all the TTAs, we want to make it clear that it is not a requirement to meet all the TTAs.

3.1. TTA #1: Biometric Wearables

Develop wearable biometric device(s) that capture several biometric and metabolic leading indicators that can alert the user to initiate mitigating action. Devices should have the capability to monitor, assess, and provide various means of user notification(s). Technologies that are small, lightweight, durable, accurate, and that do not interfere with mission-essential gear or clothing, such as body armor and duty belt, are preferred by the end-user community.

3.2. TTA #2: Sleep/Recovery Enhancement

Develop a capability that evaluates sleep quality and recovery (i.e., including monitoring and evaluating circadian rhythms) and/or recreates the restorative benefits of sleep. As a threshold performance capability, the technology should inform the user of their sleep patterns and needs based on inputs from other devices or logs (wearables or manual). At the objective performance capability, the technology should enhance or reproduce healthy sleep conditions for the individual.

3.3. TTA #3: Artificial Intelligence-enabled Mobile Application

Develop a mobile application that allows personnel to input personal information (diet, exercise, mood, injuries, etc.) and/or compile information from various wearable biometric monitoring devices in order to generate outputs describing factors contributing to their overall wellness…”

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Posted May 27, 2021

Notice ID 70RSAT21R00000006

“The mission of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) includes rapid identification and development of new technologies to counter emerging threats. Traditional procurement contracts are used to purchase supplies and services for the direct benefit and use of DHS, while assistance is provided through grants and cooperative agreements. Recognizing that those traditional instruments do not cover all the DHS needs, Congress provided DHS with authority to enter into “Other Transactions” in the same manner as the Department of Defense. DHS has developed a framework to utilize the flexibility of the Other Transaction Authority (OTA). This ‘Innovation Other Transaction Solicitation’ (OTS) is a vehicle to engage with organizations that do not usually work with the Government in order to carry out prototype projects and possibly transition successful projects to production. This engagement is intended to assist new companies, so they have more opportunities to work with DHS through targeted non-dilutive funding and provide opportunities for operational testing and market access. Through the DHS Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T’s) Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP), DHS intends to incentivize product developers to open the aperture of their development roadmaps to include homeland security solutions…”

“This solicitation is an Other Transaction Solicitation (OTS), Solicitation Number 70RSAT21R00000006 as permitted by the Homeland Security Act. Technical Calls will be issued against this OTS. Each Technical Call will request applications.

This OTS will be open for five years from the date publicized on the beta.SAM.gov website. The Government will issue short term Technical Calls with specific closing dates to allow for the rapid development of potential solutions for each Technical Call.

Each Call will: (1) Identify specific details regarding the technical topic; (2) Identify submission instructions in addition to those outlined in this overarching five-year OTS; (3) identify the funding ceiling per phase; (4) phase structure and length; and (5) Contain an opening and closing date for applications…”

“Anticipated Technical Topic Areas for OTS Calls

Calls will be issued by DHS under this OTS across a broad range of Technical Topic Areas (TTAs) that are relevant to and driven by needs of the DHS mission. Examples of TTAs that were part of previous or existing Calls include:

  • Internet of Things Security (IoT Sec)
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Security
  • Aviation Security
  • Border Security
  • Cybersecurity
  • Support to First Responders
  • Distributed Ledger/Blockchain Technologies

Specific TTAs will be identified in each Call. Additional TTAs may be issued under this OTS based on the requirements of the Department…”

“Program Structure

To ensure that DHS is able to consider different solutions to a particular topic area, SVIP may award to multiple companies under a single topic area. Under this OTS, applicants are not competing against each other, but are attempting to demonstrate that their proposed prototype meets the agency’s requirements and allows DHS to consider multiple solutions for each problem set. Companies may submit applications for separate projects under the same or multiple Calls, although the Government may limit applications within a single TTA. As noted below in Section 2.2.3, SVIP’s original program phase structure specifically laid out four (4) 8 phases per project. However, based on evolving needs and emerging technology trends and maturity, this phase structure may now vary by topic. Thus, each topic call will outline the phase structure by which applicants must structure their projects to be carried out. In general, the four (4) distinct Phases with potential to award a fifth Phase for additional testing/deployment in an operational environment are described in Section 2.2.3. The period of performance for Phases 1–4 is anticipated to be approximately six (6) to nine (9) months in duration per phase. It is anticipated that the individual phase ceiling range will be $50,000–$500,000 per phase or in total $200,000–$2,000,000 for Phases 1–4. The individual topic calls will list the exact amounts and shall be considered the overriding document for the phase ceiling amounts. A Phase 5 may be awarded if the Government determines that further operational testing is required, and/or the technology is applicable in additional DHS use cases. Phase 5 OTAs will be scaled to fit the mission need/requirement in both cost and length of time and are not restricted by the Phases 1- 4 ceilings listed above.

Project Phase awards are dependent on progress made by the applicant, DHS needs, and availability of funds. In order to receive consideration for subsequent Phases, applicants must be invited by the Government to submit an application for each Phase. The Government reserves the right to not make subsequent Phase awards. Subsequent Phase awards will comport with the terms of the then-current Solicitation…”

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