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TSA pilots secure lockers The Transportation Security Administration is piloting a program at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport that uses biometric technology to secure public lockers.

TSA shut down lockers inside airport security checkpoints after last September's terrorist attacks. To restore the locker service, the agency is testing a computerized lock system provided by Smarte Carte Inc. that requires a fingerprint to store or retrieve items. The new lockers have touch screens that lead customers through the rental process.

"It is important to balance security and customer service," said Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.) at a news conference Sept. 3. "This pilot program shows great promise to deliver both."

TSA officials plan to review results of the program and make a final decision on whether to revise the locker policy.

Interior seeks more help

The Interior Department's Office of Trust Risk Management (OTRM), within the Office of the Special Trustee, issued a request for proposals last month for management consultant services.

Officials are looking for knowledge and experience in trust management, government operations, internal control systems, records management, and technical and administrative program procedures, according to the RFP.

The solicitation, which is set aside for small businesses, also calls for understanding of documentation and records management, management controls related to trust assets, management audit and analysis skills, and reporting on special projects.

Proposals are due Oct. 17. Interior plans to award a base one-year contract with four optional years.

OTRM, meanwhile, remains disconnected from the Internet as part of a shutdown ordered by a federal judge in December due to security concerns.

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