Federal Computer Week
December 18, 2008
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is seeking the best way to hire a vendor to help it implement an integrated emergency alert system that uses the latest information technology.
FEMA published a request for information and a draft statement of work for support services for implementing the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Dec. 10. The agency released a modified version of the notice today. The pre-solicitation notice said FEMA would use vendors’ responses to determine the appropriate contract mechanism for acquiring the needed services.
President Bush ordered the new alert system in 2006, and some experts have been critical of FEMA’s efforts to implement it.
Officials say IPAWS will improve the current emergency alert and warning systems, which rely on radio and TV broadcasts.