Partnership Program Benefits Taxpayers as well as Private and Public Sectors   [open pdf - 798KB]

"A recently announced initiative at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), called the SECURE (System Efficacy through Commercialization, Utilization, Relevance and Evaluation) Program is part of an overall effort at the Department to create a 'Commercialization Mindset' by leveraging the fact that while DHS has a limited budget compared to the Department of Defense, it does have something much more valuable -- a large potential available market comprised of the seven DHS operating components (USCIS, TSA, FEMA, CBP, ICE, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Secret Service) and other large ancillary markets such as the diverse, yet substantial first responder market. The SECURE Program is based on the premise that the private sector has shown that it is willing and able to use its own money, resources, expertise and experience to develop and produce fully developed products and services for DHS. When an attractive business case can be made related to large revenue/profit opportunities, which certainly exist at DHS and its ancillary markets. The private sector requires two vital pieces of information from DHS: 1. detailed operational requirement(s), and 2. a conservative estimate of the potential available market(s). This information can then be used to generate a business case for possible private sector participation in a program or project."

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