The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) awarded a three-year, $98 million task order for “Biometrics Development, Security, and Operations” (BDSO) to a team of four small digital service firms. Under this task order, the team will provide multiple product development teams to improve the mission capability related to biometrics and identity management systems that support lawful immigration to the United States. The work features leading-edge open source and cloud technologies, the application of leading practice, and solution innovation including advanced data analytics.
To support the program, the four small businesses developed a Contractor Team Arrangement (CTA). Members of the CTA include: Solution Technology Systems, Inc. (STSI) – CTA Lead; Capital Technology Group, LLC (CTG); 540.co, LLC (540); and Fearless Solutions, LLC (Fearless). The proposal team was further strengthened by two subcontractors: Mt. Airey Group specializing in support of Biometric systems and Two Six Labs specializing in Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics. CTA members were excited to compete in an innovative procurement, which included a code challenge and a technical demonstration.
The award was the first Prime contract win at DHS for each CTA member firm.
All CTA awardees for this effort have a shared focus on digital services and forward-leaning skills in open source development, user-centered design, DevSecOps, and cloud platforms.
The leadership of each awardee company expressed their sentiments regarding the win:
“We are proud to work alongside companies that we admire for their forward-thinking delivery culture and focus on excellent performance.”
– Ben Morris, Partner, STSI
“USCIS BDSO’s modernization goals and approach aligns perfectly with 540’s mission. We pride ourselves in helping the government continue to evolve and deploy impactful capabilities leveraging modern, innovative technologies. We couldn’t be more excited to be part of this great team.”
– John O’Brien, Founder and CEO, 540
“Fearless is proud to partner with a strong team of digital services companies, led by STSI, working to improve the process through which people to apply to become citizens and get work visas. USCIS is one of the most advanced government agencies in terms of digital service adoption, and we’re looking forward to making connections with like-minded innovators!”
– John Foster, COO, Fearless
“Capital Technology Group is excited for the opportunity to collaborate with STSI, 540, and Fearless as we support USCIS’ vital mission in the years ahead.”
– Toby Lazar, Managing Principal, CTG