TSA restarts CSC's infrastructure contract

Agency tells protesters GAO doesn't have jurisdiction

The Transportation Security Administration has restarted its infrastructure contracting with Computer Sciences Corp., telling protesters that the Government Accountability Office doesn’t have jurisdiction.

The agency restarted work on the $500 million contract on Nov. 10, telling GAO, CSC, and protesters Unisys Corp. and General Dynamics Corp. that the protests were filed with the wrong agency

The Federal Aviation Administration is the proper authority for the protest, a TSA spokesman told Washington Technology. 

In the solicitation for the Information Technology Infrastructure Program, TSA told bidders that the FAA's Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition was “only proper forum for any protest,” the TSA spokesman said.

Under the FAA's acquisition regulations, contract work is not suspended when a protest is filed unless the protester requests suspension, the spokesman said. 

Unisys and General Dynamics filed documents Oct. 13 with GAO protesting the TSA's decision to award the contract to CSC. Unisys is the incumbent contractor on the project, which kicked off in 2002, shortly after TSA was created.

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Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

Reader Comments

Wed, Nov 18, 2009 Nouman Virginia

I heard from guys working on the CSC contract today that there is another Stop work order since yesterday.

Wed, Nov 18, 2009

This entire thing is just tiersome boot Unisys and GDIT and just make a decision!

Wed, Nov 18, 2009

It seems the stop order is reinstated on CSC again late yesterday.

Tue, Nov 17, 2009 Dora Alexandria, VA

My question is, why did it take a month for TSA to FINALLY figure out that it’s under the FAA jurisdiction and not the GAO to oversee this whole protest?

Tue, Nov 17, 2009

It's all game...TSA does not want Unisys. Going to CSC is just like going out of frying pan into the fire.

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