Work stops again on TSA infrastructure contract

A week after restarting, work halts on CSC's $500 million ITIP contract

The Transportation Security Administration has halted work for the second time on its $500 million infrastructure contract.

The Information Technology Infrastructure Program has been mired in bid protests since it was awarded in September to Computer Sciences Corp.

CSC began work on the contract immediately but when losing bidders Unisys Corp., the incumbent, and General Dynamics Corp. filed protests with the Government Accountability Office work was halted.

Work was restarted Nov. 10 when TSA said GAO did not have jurisdiction to hear the protest. Instead, the FAA was the proper authority. However, sources tell Washington Technology that work was halted again Nov. 17.

The reasons for the latest stoppage are not clear. TSA officials were not available for comment.

A CSC spokesman said the company received the stop work order from TSA on Nov. 17.  "We are complying. We have been working very effectively to transition prior to yesterday's stop work. We are ready to begin work again when TSA directs."

Officials with Unisys and General Dynamics were not immediately available for comment.

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Reader comments

Fri, Nov 20, 2009

Lost Proton - youre missing the point...before TSA was brought under the FAR, the FAA was the contracting authority - this changed in the summer of 2008 if I recall. I believe the original solicitation for this contract was issued before the switch to the FAR, and for some reason the dispute authority was never revised in the official documentation. Has nothing to do with air transportation security vs. other modes of transportation.

Thu, Nov 19, 2009

This story is an old and familiar one, Gogol wrote a play "The Inspector General" that I am reminded of It's a good thing that this contract is only for delivering trivial incidentals, not anything related to security... Come on people this is for the infrastructure that supports the security of transportation in US. Let's let the work get done and pay the legal fines later if the protests are found to be valid.

Thu, Nov 19, 2009

Who is TSA to tell GAO that they don't have oversight responsibility? Are we to believe that General Dynamic and Unisys lawyers were too stupid to file their protests with the appropriate agency? Doubtful. TSA obviously has had difficulties awarding this contract in a fair manner and the GAO should re-compete and award the contract itself.

Thu, Nov 19, 2009

Maybe we should let the Chinese contractors do the work. Since, we owe them billions of dollars. Whatever money they make($500 million) can be subtracted to the balance of how much money we owe from the Chinese government.

Thu, Nov 19, 2009 Lost Proton Alabama

The TSA has been checking bus terminals and checking passengers for weapons, including penknives. This is not an area controlled by the FAA. Therefore if the budget of and disputes of the financial agreements of a contract award of TSA are to be disputed, the FAA is not the authority to handle that type of contract dispute.
TSA covers more security territory than just the airport terminals and the space occupied in the sky by an aircraft while it is in flight. The FAA does not have jurisdiction over a Greyhound bus terminal, therefore how would the FAA have contract jurisdiction over a Federal Government contract for services to TSA who has security jurisdiction over more of the transportation area than just air transportation.
The General Accounting Office is in charge of the issue of contracts and payment thereof when evidence of completion is fulfilled. The FAA would be a technical resource to the contract for issues relating to air transportation security only.
Who is “pulling whose chain” at the expense of the tax payers who know very little or nothing about these issues?

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