The RAND Corp. wins $500M contract for R&D studies

The RAND Corp. was awarded a five-year indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract worth $500 million to provide research and development for the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center.

The HSOAC is a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) that will provide subject matter expertise focused on long-term programs and areas affecting the Homeland Security Department.

The HSOAC is refocusing the existing Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute (HSSAI) FFRDC with renewed core competencies in operational analyses.

DHS will use the IDIQ to support the HSOAC in developing ideas to fill gaps, creating state-of-the-art solutions. The RAND Corp. will help come up with games-changing improvements and innovative forward-leaning solutions to advance far-reaching issues that the department will deal with for years to come.

The task areas include:

  • Acquisition planning
  • Homeland security and threat studies
  • Organizational studies
  • Regulatory, doctrine and policy studies
  • Operational studies
  • R&D studies
  • Innovation and technology acceleration

DHS announced the award Sept. 23. It released in the initial request for proposals in 2015.

About the Author

Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

Reader Comments


RAND will really need to partner to fill all these skill & capability gaps laid out by the undersecretary. DHS has long struggled tech acquisition and organization alignment in spite of dozens of studies and Roadmaps offering a way forward. As DIA David SHEDD noted on a similar topic " in my experience bureaucracies will always favor failure over change as that is what they are comfortable with"

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