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Homeland security (HLS) in the u.s is becoming huge business . According to HSToday , the leading HLS website in the u.s , the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) clarified that only two representatives of individual companies can attend its upcoming department wide industry day set for March 18.
DHS initially implied that some exceptions could be made, but demand for space at the industry day, which will occur somewhere in the metropolitan area of Washington, DC, will be high.
The department has not yet set a location for the daylong annual industry day despite setting the date on March 18.
The day will consist of a series of panels where DHS officials will discuss specific program areas. In previous years, the panel presentations from major DHS components have varied in their approach, sometimes delivering general overviews of procurement policies and sometimes getting into the details of specific planned acquisitions for the rest of the fiscal year.
“This one day event will provide a forum by which the department can communicate its requirements and increase competition by sharing useful information,” DHS said in a notice.
DHS encouraged all companies interested in the department’s contracting and subcontracting activities to attend the industry day. It reached out particularly to small business groups that fulfill specific contracting mandates, including small disadvantaged businesses, 8(a) businesses, HUBzone businesses, service disabled veteran-owned businesses and woman-owned small businesses.
No previous federal or DHS contracting experience is required to attend the industry day, the department emphasized.
Those who cannot attend the industry day in person will be able to review the panel presentations and speakers via a webcast.
DHS has not yet started accepted registrations for the industry day. It also has not yet revealed how to access the webcast, which will not require registration.