From HSToday:

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) may have wasted $23 million after prematurely cancelling a contract for a biodetection system, according a recent audit by DHS’s Inspector General (IG). In April 2010, S&T awarded Silicon Valley startup NVS Technologies, Inc. (NVS) an $18 million contract to develop an easy-to-use system to detect pathogens and biothreat agents for government and private sector use. DHS S&T later requested contract modifications that raised the value of the contract to $30 million…The contract was abruptly terminated on February 6, 2014, after DHS S&T had already spent $23 million on the contract.