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After a series of delays in its ongoing procurement plans for the next- generation of explosives detection systems (EDS) to screen checked baggage at the nation's airports, the Transportation Security Administration's latest schedule is holding with contract awards still planned for next July.
In July 2011 the agency plans to establish the qualified product list (QPL) and base contract awards under the Checked Baggage Inspection Systems (CBIS) program, Jenel Cline, TSA's program manager for the project, says at an Industry Day this month hosted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
In September TSA slipped the program by two months and original plans called for the initial CBIS awards this December (TR2, Sept. 15).
Currently a number of companies have their respective EDS systems in …