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Doing Business with the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO)

The Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office was established in December 2017 by consolidating primarily the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, a majority of the Office of Health Affairs, as well as other DHS elements.

For current information related to CWMD, please visit the following:

The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) is a jointly staffed office, within the Department of Homeland Security, including detailees and liaisons from departments such as the Department of Energy, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. 

DNDO is the primary entity in the U.S. government for implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs. DNDO works with the private sector to develop and make available equipment that provides radiological and nuclear detection capability to operational end-users.

DNDO Business Opportunities can be found through Homeland Security Contracting Opportunities through FedBizOpps in addition to other contracting opportunities identified through DHS.

How to Engage with DNDO

Industry engagement events allow industry to share their technical capabilities and challenges, while supporting DNDO market research efforts and facilitating the sharing of publicly releasable acquisition strategies.

Meeting with DNDO

Companies may request industry engagement meetings with DNDO representatives by sending a request to dndo.daces@hq.dhs.gov, using the meeting request form. Please note that DNDO representatives will not answer questions about upcoming acquisitions, open procurement actions, and funding profiles.

Recent Announcements:

DNDO Engagement Activities

DNDO seeks new partners in the private sector to help further its mission.  Across DNDO’s directorates are opportunities for partners to engage with DNDO. The directorates listed currently have active programs. For a full list of directorates and greater insight into all of the work accomplished at DNDO, please visit DNDO’s homepage.

Product Acquisition and Deployment Directorate

The Product Acquisition and Deployment Directorate carries out the engineering development, production, developmental logistics, procurement and deployment of current and next-generation nuclear detection systems. The Directorate leads DNDO’s “Commercial First” approach, focused on leveraging the commercial marketplace to maximize the use of commercially available products, engaging commercial vendors to focus their internal product development efforts to meet the validated needs of the nuclear detection end users, and investing in solutions to meet these needs.

Transformational & Applied Research Directorate

The Transformational and Applied Research Directorate carries out transformational research and development within the Exploratory Research Program and the Academic Research Initiative and evaluates research and development through Advanced Technology Demonstrations.  Dramatic technological improvements may include improvements in system or component effectiveness and performance characteristics, reduction in cost of acquisition or maintenance, or reduction of operational burden by users in the field. Research and development investments are made based on competitive awards with investigators in all sectors – government laboratories, academia, and private industry – encouraged to participate in the applicable solicitation. Transformational research and development takes advantage of the qualities and respective advantages of all three sectors to develop products and methods and to encourage teaming among them. Broad agency announcements are issued for the Exploratory Research and Advanced Technology Demonstrations programs through fbo.gov while the Academic Research Initiative program issues funding opportunity announcements through grants.gov. Please send any general inquiries to the provided emails below:

Systems Engineering and Evaluation Directorate

The Systems Engineering and Evaluation Directorate ensures that DNDO proposes sound technical solutions and thoroughly understands systems performance and potential vulnerabilities prior to deploying those technologies. One solution is the GRaDER® program, which provides an opportunity to work with DNDO on testing and evaluation.

Small Business Innovation Research

DNDO participates in the Small Business Innovation Research program to conduct near-term research and development efforts and commercialize the products/services developed from the effort. Through a competitive awards-based program, small businesses can explore their technological potential and are provided incentives to profit from its commercialization. The program office issues solicitation announcements through fbo.gov. Please send any general inquiries to the provided email below:

Direct all other business inquiries to dndo.info@dhs.gov.

Learn More

Domestic Nuclear Detection Office MS0550
Department Of Homeland Security
245 Murray Lane SW
Washington DC 20528-0550

Last Updated: 02/02/2022
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