Justice, public safety and homeland security May review

Deltek Analyst Evan Halperin reports.

Taking a look at the justice, public safety and homeland security markets for May, radio projects seemed to be the flavor of the month. As the FCC’s radio frequency narrowbanding mandate deadline of January 1, 2013 nears, states, counties and cities seem to be moving more quickly to find funding and complete radio feasibility studies in order to upgrade on time. While state and local governments have been working toward new radio systems for several years, hundreds of localities still need to update their systems or narrowband existing radios.

Back in April, as mentioned in last month’s review, Delaware issued a formal solicitation for a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP), in which proposals were due in May. The state expects to issue a contract this month and quickly implement a new system. In Florida, the PDMP saga finally came to a close with the drug monitoring law being signed into law, and the contract with Health Information Designs officially given the go ahead. In Maryland, Governor Martin O’Malley signed a state PDMP bill into law, which will enable the state to go out to bid for a software system and database. A formal solicitation is expected within the next month. In Georgia, a bill was signed into law to enact a PDMP system throughout the state. A time frame for a solicitation is still pending.

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