The objective: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sought assistance in developing the national, $90 million BioWatch Program. The BioWatch system can rapidly detect trace amounts of biological material in the air, whether intentionally released or naturally occurring in the environment. In the event of a biological attack, BioWatch enables federal, state, and local officials to more quickly determine the necessary actions to protect people and infrastructure. The program is a cornerstone in the DHS comprehensive strategy for countering terrorism.
The method: The Tauri Group manages the DHS BioWatch Systems Program Office (SPO), serving as the lead integrator, providing systems engineering technical assistance (SETA). The SPO coordinates program activities with federal, state, and local officials from the medical and public health, law enforcement, and first responder communities. BioWatch provides a unique opportunity for The Tauri Group to collaborate closely and develop relationships with key stakeholders and program partners.
From strategic planning to systems evaluation, The Tauri Group's work includes systems engineering; developing, improving, and maintaining concept of operations (CONOPS); and establishing and sustaining program control for organizations, laboratories, and universities performing important functions for the BioWatch program. The team supports day-to-day operations through studies, analysis, evaluations, and briefings. Specialists test, evaluate, and recommend currently available and emerging technologies; help implement system enhancements; and provide acquisition support.
The results: The White House Office of Management and Budget designated BioWatch with the Effective rating, the top rating a federal program can achieve, for setting ambitious goals, achieving results, being well-managed, and improving efficiency.
The Tauri Group was also honored for its management and implementation of the BioWatch SPO with the "DHS Science and Technology Directorate 2005 Under Secretary's Award for Outstanding Contractor Support." [Read more]< Back