ACTS Crypto Testing Delays Lead to $10M Changes
The NSA has issued modified handling instructions during development, integration and testing of the FAB-T modem processor group because of delays in the completion of Cryptographics Verification and Design Verification testing of Government Furnished Equipment ACTS cryptographic devices. In order to comply with ACTS handling guidance provided by the NSA, the Boeing Co. in Anaheim, CA received a $10.5 million cost-plus award-fee Undefinitized Contract Action (UCA) for Contract Change Proposal (CCP)-0011: ACTS (Security Chip) Handling procedures, in order to enhance physical protection and procedural changes. This guidance requires physical security and emanation protection of the test facility, and will limit contact with the test equipment to personnel with appropriate clearances. The Headquarters Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, MA issued the contract (F19628-02-C-0048, P00051), which is expected to end in September 2008.