Washington, DC—The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), through DHS’s Office of Procurement Operations, has awarded a $494.7 million Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to­ the­­­­­­­­ RAND Corporation to operate and manage a new Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) known as the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC).

Committed to providing independent studies and analysis in support of the Department’s mission, the HSOAC, under the management of the RAND Corporation, will dedicate its efforts to seven focus areas: Acquisition Studies; Homeland Security Threat & Opportunity Studies; Organizational Studies; Regulatory Doctrine & Policy Studies; Operational Studies; Research and Development Studies; and Innovation & Technology Acceleration.

The HSOAC will conduct studies and assessments and make recommendations to strengthen DHS capabilities that enable the Department to determine, prepare and develop enduring capabilities in homeland security for the nation.

“As we look at a world of new and emerging requirements, it’s important that our newest FFRDC can meet those requirements. DHS’s contract with RAND Corporation will ensure that HSOAC provides DHS with expert products within these focus areas. Working together with industry and our FFRDCs, we can deliver outcomes to make our nation stronger,” said Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Robert Griffin.

FFRDCs are unique organizations sponsored by government agencies that assists these agencies with research and development, study and analysis, systems engineering and integration. FFRDCs make significant contributions to solving key national challenges.

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