TSA seeks private-sector proposals for Registered Traveler Pilot Program

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National Press Release
Monday, April 5, 2004

WASHINGTON - Rear Adm. David M. Stone, Acting Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), today announced that the agency is seeking responses from the private sector to a Request for Proposal, also known as a Combined Solicitation Synopsis, for a Registered Traveler Pilot Program that will begin in select airports in late June.

Interested parties must describe in their response how they would provide program management, biometric capabilities, tactical operations and systems integration support. TSA plans to award the final contract in early June.

"TSA continues to move forward with all possible speed to develop the Registered Traveler Program," Stone said. "Today's announcement is a major step in the process as TSA seeks to leverage knowledge and technology from private industry."

To view the published Request for Proposal, please visit the official Federal Business Opportunities website at https://www.fbo.gov.

Stone announced the 90-day Registered Traveler Pilot Program during a House hearing on March 17. Frequent travelers at select airports will be able to volunteer for the program. Volunteers will be asked to submit information, including biometrics, necessary for TSA to determine eligibility. The biometric information, such as fingerprints, will be used for identity verification purposes and, in conjunction with a security assessment, will allow passengers at the pilot airport locations to go through an expedited security screening process. All volunteers will still undergo basic screening procedures.

Upon conclusion of the pilot operations, TSA will evaluate the program and determine next steps. Volunteers for this summer's pilot program will not be charged for participating.

Additional information regarding the Registered Traveler Pilot Program operations will be announced closer to the launch date. For more information regarding TSA, visit www.tsa.gov.