Protests halt CSC's work on TSA infrastructure contract

Unisys, General Dynamics file documents with GAO objecting to contract award

Unisys Corp. and General Dynamics Corp. are protesting the Transportation Security Administration’s decision to award its lucrative infrastructure contract to Computer Sciences Corp.

The protest stopped CSC's work on the contract, a CSC spokesman said. The company had been working on a 90-day transition plan that started when it signed the contract in late September.

A TSA spokesman said that the transition period would begin again once the protests are resolved.

Unisys is the incumbent on the contract, which has brought in about $2 billion in revenue to the company since it was first awarded in 2002.  The new contract that CSC won is estimated to be worth about $500 million because it doesn't include ownership of any hardware.

Unisys and General Dynamics spokesmen declined to comment because of the companies' protests.

The protests were filed Oct. 13, and a decision is due Jan. 21, according to GAO’s Web site

Unisys also protested when it failed to make the downselect as TSA worked its way through the procurement. TSA allowed Unisys back into the final round of competition. Bidders were limited to holders of the Homeland Security Department’s Eagle contract. Unisys, General Dynamics and CSC were the only three companies to pursue the contract into the final phase of the competition.

The contract will provide TSA with a broad range of IT services including developing requirements, operating all IT products and services, and telecommunications support. Work will be done at airports and TSA offices and facilities across the country.

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Reader Comments

Fri, Nov 13, 2009

Writing porposals to win contracts is not always about under bidding your opponent. Sometimes having the resources, the human brian power and a continued practice of providing service to past and present contracts is a guideline to awarding contracts. Unisys gobbled all of TSA's money ala the taxpayer's money and did not provide deliverables on time. Re-awarding contracts is nothing new. They are bitter and more than likely could go under if they do not win at least a part of this contract. What is unfortunate, so many workers of both companies jobs are in limbo and there careers are now questionable.

Fri, Nov 13, 2009 Wondering DC

I really do not care who wins this as long as all the rules were followed in the award. What bothers me is the rumor floating around DC that TSA plans to disregard the GAO's stop work order and is telling CSC to start working again, uncharted waters is what TSA executive management jokingly said to CSC management when informing them to start work again or so it is rumored. Are these processes not in place for a reason and what is GAO's take on this? If this is true can TSA really disregard this order?

Wed, Nov 11, 2009

@last commenter, maybe you should educate yourself with the fact of the many "accounting errors" that CSC had with EPA.......overpaying more than 200 employees etc.....or wait,,maybe that doesn't fall under your category of "disservice" fact looking at the FCMD Database, Unisys has had 5 instances of misconduct.......CSC has 6 and GD came in at 10 instances of misconduct to the tune of 63.2million.....the famous saying "don't talk just to talk" comes to mind.....

Tue, Nov 3, 2009

This is totally a money grab, and a disservice to the American taxpayer. Not that Unisys would be any stranger to disservice....

Fri, Oct 23, 2009

it's simple really, cut half the people required to do the job, then, cut those peoples salaries in half, then require those people to work 80 hours a week instead of the normal 40. then conveniently leave some areas out, and yes you TOO could win many contracts this way.

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