SIMS Software, a provider of security information management software to the government and defense industries, has obtained the rights to a tool created by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, in Laurel, that streamlines the process for reporting foreign travel.

For security reasons, APL staff members, like all government and private sector employees with access to classified information, must report travel outside of the United States, whether personal or business related.

For years, this meant completing multiple foreign travel notification forms, said Bonnie Cubbage-Lain, APL’s point person for visitor access and foreign travel requirements. “For some staff members, namely those with Sensitive Compartmented Information or Special Access Programs, at least 15 forms were needed to meet sponsor requirements for any foreign travel,” she said. “This was a time consuming, labor intensive process.”