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SBI-Net raises the issue: Who supplies the products?

It's probably the most sought-after Homeland Security Department contract this year, but the competition thus far has been very polite, even restrained. But now, in the final stages of the contest to see who will build the nation's $2 billion Secure Border Initiative Network, the gloves may be coming off.

Behind-the-scenes sparring has begun over how the five competing teams are handling their "make-or-buy" decisions for components of their border security and surveillance systems.

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Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

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