Weekly Roundup June 6 – June 10 2016: TSA Enlists Industry to Move Airport Lines & more

June 6 – June 10 2016

A Note From Our President & Founder Jim Garrettson

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Long lines at airport security checkpoints have dominated the headlines lately and the agency responsible for protecting these hubs unveiled a new effort this week that enlists private sector help to keep passengers moving.

The Transportation Security Administration has chosen 15 teams of companies out of a possible 80 to compete for passenger and baggage screening services nationwide under a potential 10-year, $3.3 billion contract vehicle.

More than 435 airports across the country will use private screening companies to check people and bags under the Airport Security Screening Services vehicle.

TSA officially announced the awards June 2 and earlier in that week also issued two notices to industry in search of methods to screen passengers without requiring them to remove coats or shoes, the LA Times reported.

The agency also is examining the possibility of technology that could examine up to 600 bags per hour and have higher levels of explosive detection, according to the LA Times report.

Many eyes and ears were tuned to TSA Chief Peter Neffenger’s testimony to Senate lawmakers Tuesday on what the agency is doing to get passengers through checkpoints quickly as he also highlighted industry’s role in the effort.

Neffenger told the panel TSA has started a new task force with airline, airports and technology makers as participants in a collaboration that aims to put new technologies in an environment that helps determine their effectiveness in security screening.

“Currently, TSA is exploring opportunities at three airports, with initial demonstrations at Atlanta. The findings developed from these sites will be used to inform processes and technologies implemented at other airports, ” Neffenger said.

THE WEEK’S OTHER TOP 10 GOVCON STORIES

DHS Upholds $1B Cyber Contract Award to Raytheon
Raytheon will proceed on a program to help maintain and operate DHS’ Einstein cyber detection platform and also work to create new defensive tools.
6 Contractors Added to $900M IDIQ for USSOCOM Mission Support Services
Ten companies in total will now compete for task orders to support Special Operations Command over the vehicle’s five-year ordering period.
Kymm McCabe Joins Deloitte Federal Practice as Digital Principal
McCabe previously led ASI Government for four years as chief executive and also founded BD services firm Value Storm Growth Partners.
IBM Vet Jennifer Chronis Joins Amazon Web Services to Lead DoD Business
Chronis spent 15 years at IBM and led Big Blue’s Defense Department business in her last role there.
GSA to Issue RFP for Alliant 2 Contract Vehicle June 20
Task order awards could start in 2017 and the vehicle is slated to have a five-year base period with an additional five option years.
Bloomberg Government Team Predicts FY 2016 Reversal of Contract Spending Declines, M&A Reshaping to Continue
Analysts at BGOV estimated federal contract spending fell 1.5 percent in FY 2015 from the prior period.
DARPA Picks 8 Firms to Support Phase 2 of UAS Collaborative Autonomy R&D Project
Those eight companies will support CODE program prime contractors Raytheon and Lockheed Martin in efforts to create algorithms for UAS commanders.
Joe Euteneuer: Rivada Networks Forms Team to Bid for FirstNet Contract
Rivada enlists six partners in pursuit of work to construct the future nationwide broadband public safety network.
Senate’s Fiscal 2017 Defense Bill Faces WH Veto Threat
A White House statement objects language in the legislation that would reorganize the Pentagon’s current acquisition management structure as a point of objection.
Sen. Ron Johnson’s Proposal Seeks to Eliminate Restriction on Navy’s Use of Funds for LCS Acquisition
Johnson put forth an amendment in response to a December move by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter that lowered future Littoral Combat Ship buys.

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