Friday, 8 October 2004
TSA requests bids for "Secure Flight" tests
As of this week, the USA Transportation Security Administration is officially soliciting bids from would-be prime contractors for testing the Secure Flight airline passenger identification and selection system propsoed as a replacement for the supposedly-abandoned CAPPS-II passenger profiling scheme (bid solicitation reference number "HSTS04-04-R-SECFLIGHT").
The introductory synopsis to the TSA Request For Proposals (RFP) for Secure Flight was published Wednesday, and additional sectionsl (almost all of which are standard Federal contract boilerplate, unrelated to the particulars of this project) were published today.
The actual "Statement of Work" has not been made public, and will be provided only to those who have executed a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA).
The contract will be a "cost plus" contract, so the contractor will be guaranteed a profit.
Proposals are due by 18 October 2004. "Award is contemplated no later than 29 October 2004. The successful Offeror will be required to deliver test results no later than 90 days after award."
Comments on the "Secure Flight" proposals have in theory been requested through 25 October 2004. But since bidding will be completed before the comment period ends, and the contract will be awarded the same week comments close, it's obvious that there will be no meaningful opportunity to make any changes in the specifications for the project in response to the comments. The contract award schedule makes clear that the solicitation of public input is just for show, not in good faith, making it all the more important for the public to record their objections as early as possible in the "Secure Flight" comment period.Link | Posted by Edward on Friday, 8 October 2004, 19:30 ( 7:30 PM)