Homeland Security likes to make standardized formulas for things and uses the following master equation to prioritize projects:
This is my quick synopsis of the values, but you can read the whole document here.
This value represents the number of people affected by a single incident (1 for 1-10 people; 2 for 11-100; 3 for 101-500 people; 4 for 501-1000 people; 5 for 1001-100,000 people and an additional point for each 20,000 people potentially protected).
The dollar value of property impacted by an incident and collateral damage. (1 point for each $50,000,000 of property protected).
Basically will this type of technology make Homeland Security look bad. "For example, intrusive inspection technologies may be poorly perceived by the public, while stream-lined unobtrusive techniques may be favorably perceived," DHS says. Projects that may have better political or societal approval get more points. (0 points for “low”; 5 points for “medium”; and 10 points for “high”).
Cost Savings Realized by DHS
Would this make some task more efficient or save the department money? (1 point for each $1,000,000 saved)
Dollars Requested/Spent by DHS
What is the amount of money DHS should spend on this project or that is being requested (1 point for each $1,000,000)
When evaluating a technology, they also take into account, the threat Potential/Probability of occurrence and the Probability of Success.
Threat potential "is based on a percentage from 0.0 to 1.0 and is multiplied against the people and property protected. For example, 0.5 would relate to a 50% probability of success," DHS says. "The probability of success is based on a percentage from 0.0 to 1.0 and is multiplied against the people and property protected. For example, 0.5 would relate to a 50% probability of success."
Ratings for three hypothetical projects:
Wouldn't it be crazy if ... municipal projects were put through this in the bidding process?