Unisys keeps fighting for TSA contract

Protest filed again over $500M award to CSC

Unisys Corp. has filed another protest after the Transportation Security Agency awarded its $500 million infrastructure contract to Computer Sciences Corp. for a second time.

TSA re-evaluated bids for the contract after Unisys and General Dynamics Corp. filed protests following an award to CSC in September. The Government Accountability Office told TSA to look again at pricing and technical merits. On May 19, TSA again picked CSC for the five-year, $489 million contract.

Unisys filed two protests May 27, according to GAO’s Web site. Decisions on the protests are due by Sept. 7. GAO has issued a stop-work order, which means CSC cannot work on the contract until the protest is resolved.

A company spokesman said Unisys believes the TSA’s evaluation process did not comply with the request for proposals or with the guidelines GAO issued in upholding Unisys’ protest earlier this year.

Officials with CSC were not available for comment. 

As the incumbent contractor, Unisys will continue to manage TSA’s IT infrastructure. The company won the original contract in 2002 shortly after the agency was created. Since that time, the contract has been worth about $2 billion to Unisys.

The follow-on contract, called the IT Infrastructure Program, has a lower price tag because it includes the contractor's ownership of any hardware.

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Reader Comments

Sat, Jan 15, 2011

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

Mon, Aug 2, 2010

The GAO has denied the protest made by Unisys...I wonder what's next...another protest by Unisys perhaps?

Mon, Jun 21, 2010 Lilly Alex, VA.

I just saw the GAO protest docket web page and to my surprise, saw another protest by Unisys (dated June 16, 2010)...I agree with one of the commentators, bring in a third party to make decision on this whole thing.

Thu, Jun 17, 2010

I just wonder how much this is costing the tax payers. This should be given to a third party to make decision on it, and make it final. Stop the bleeding, and Unisys go find another contract.

Wed, Jun 16, 2010 Synosis Austin, TX

Unisys wants to keep the TSA contract, while relocating the call center support to Salt Lake, where noone holds a security clearance. Is it no wonder that Unisys is passed over twice? If they are not careful, they will lose the DFAS contract, as well. I've seen many employees leave the Federal queues, after getting gainful employment in another company; either due to pay rates or the hostile work environment. I've heard of employees reporting security violations to USCERT, because of negligent employees. All in all, TSA awarding the contract to CSC is a much better alternative, than the broken Unisys model. Unisys is great service provider, but in the sense of national security/government systems, is flawed with security lapses that would astound and pique the interest of any US adversary.

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