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A non-profit collaboration management firm is working with industry, academia and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a new consortium that would bring together a range of companies and other organizations to provide the department with access to innovative border security technology more quickly.
The Border Security Technology Consortium (BSTC), which stood up last month, hopes to work with DHS through an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) method of contracting that provides benefits for the government customer and its commercial and other partners, according to department and industry officials. An OTA enables the government to more quickly get research and development, prototyping and pilot projects under contract.
The BSTC is being managed by the South Carolina-based non-profit company SCRA , which …