DHS had awarded HP a contract to develop iris recognition capabilities for access cards, but the contract is now under protest. / DHS
Deloitte and XTec have received one-year extensions to contracts with the Homeland Security department to continue producing biometric employee ID badges, according to a report in Nextgov. DHS is reevaluating a $103 million award to HP to enhance the cards.
XTec protested that award, and rather than fight it, DHS offered to reassess. Biometric smartcards are required across the government for entering federal facilities and logging on to networks.