Unisys reverses course on TSA protest

The protest was the company’s second over the ITIP award

Unisys Corp. has withdrawn its protest with the Government Accountability Office over the awarding of the Transportation Security Administration’s Information Technology Infrastructure Program contract to Computer Sciences Corp., a Unisys official confirmed Wednesday.

Unisys spokesman Brad Bass said he had had no further information.

The protest filed Feb. 19, was the company’s second over the ITIP award, for which Unisys was the incumbent since the inception of the contract in 2002.

The ITIP award has been worth over $1 billion to Unisys and going forward was valued at $500 million over five years to run TSA’s information technology infrastructure.

At the time, a statement from Unisys said only, “We believe that the TSA has failed to act in accordance with the GAO recommendations of Jan. 20, 2010.”

In its ruling Jan. 20, GAO recommended that TSA reopen the competition.

GAO said Unisys and General Dynamics Corp. were not fully informed about the basis for preparing pricing proposals in terms of the incentive fee. General Dynamics also was misled about its proposal page and the section relating to risk, the GAO said.

The company filed an initial protest in July 2008 with GAO and the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition.

Unisys filed the FAA protest because TSA formerly used FAA’s procurement regulations before adopting the GAO’s Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) in June 2008.

Unisys Corp., of Blue Bell, Pa., ranks No. 32 on Washington Technology’s 2009 Top 100 list of the largest federal government prime contractors.

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David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

Reader Comments

Sat, Jan 15, 2011 texano2011

I think TSA made a good decision of not renewing the contract with Unisys. Believe me, I used to work for Unisys in the TSA helpdesk and there were too many things happening inside the company. Among one of them was the reduction of salary to tsa helpdesk employees by 35% and the elimination of almost all benefits. We were only allow to be on the phone with tsa agents for 5 minutes and if the issue could not be resolve during that time we had to throw the call out the window. Even worse, there was a terrible communication between management. Management was only concern about making the numbers

Tue, Mar 9, 2010 Netwrench

Does that mean GD has not withdrawn their protest? Can Unisys be awarded the contract, even though they didn't win? If for some reason Unisys doesn't win this, will they go out of business? I heard that the TSA contract was their main revenue stream, so if it goes, they can't sustain.

Mon, Mar 8, 2010

That is not always true. Withdrawing from a protest gets more respect than fighting it all the way and not winning. You are not a loser its letting people know that you are committed in seeing the right thing to be done for the client.

Mon, Mar 8, 2010

If Unisys knows that they are getting the contract. What would be the point in dropping the contract? Is it costing Unisys money to keep the protest going?

Sun, Mar 7, 2010

Withdrawl of protest menas they know they will get the contract, TSA has indicated they will get it.

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