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March 16, 2006

DHS gets an ink analysis database

Filed under: Investigation & Enforcement,Technology for HLS — by Christian Beckner on March 16, 2006

Fedbizopps reports this morning on a sole-source contract issued by the Department of Homeland Security to CAMAG Inc. to develop a “a fully searchable ink library database for DHS needs.” From the posting:

CAMAG will deliver a scalable and searchable digitized database that contains all relevant information pertaining to analysis of the government’s entire collection of writing inks, inkjet inks, and photocopy toners. The database will include a function that provides comprehensive search and reporting features with confidence levels based on individual queries. CAMAG will digitize the existing ink library of approximately 8,500 inks and provide system software and training materials to end users.

The most likely DHS customer for this is the Secret Service; this congressional testimony from 2003 by Secret Service Director Ralph Basham mentions their use of ink analysis for investigative purposes. But the contracting officers come from the Science and Technology directorate of the Department, so perhaps the intent is for there to be a broader set of users, such as ICE investigators and the Department’s intelligence shop.

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