TSA awards FirstLine private screening contract at Kansas City International Airport under Screening Partnership Program

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National Press Release
Friday, April 7, 2006

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the selection of FirstLine Transportation Security, Inc. as the private screening contractor for Kansas City (Mo.) International Airport under the Screening Partnership Program (SPP).

TSA awarded the contract for security screening services for passenger, checkpoint and checked baggage operations from vendors that submitted proposals and are among the 34 private screening companies identified on TSA's Qualified Vendor's List (QVL). The Transition Phase for the new contract will commence on April 10, 2006 with Full Operational Capability anticipated on May 16, 2006. The total period of performance of this contract, if all options are exercised, will be approximately four and a half years, ending on September 30, 2010. The total contract award value, including options, is approximately $173 million. Under SPP, the Federal Security Director (FSD) will remain responsible for overseeing TSA security standards and managing contractor performance.

“FirstLine has been providing screening services here at Kansas City under the SPP pilot program, and we look forward to continuing our working relationship,” said FSD Richard Curasi. "We at TSA will continue to oversee all security screening procedures to ensure that current standards are met."  

SPP is designed to meet the requirement for the "opt-out" program established in the Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001 (ATSA). Since November 19, 2004, airport operators have been allowed to apply to TSA to have screening functions performed by qualified private screening contractors through the SPP. Beginning in 2002, ATSA required TSA to conduct a contract screening pilot program (known as the "PP5") at five airports to evaluate the performance of private screeners relative to federal screeners. 

Under ATSA, the pilot program ended on November 19, 2004, but TSA issued short bridge contracts to the original PP5 contractors to allow TSA time to develop the rules for applying for the SPP, the acquisition process, the QVL and the Requests For Proposals (RFPs) for the new contracts. All the original PP5 airports [San Francisco International, Kansas City International, Greater Rochester International (N.Y.), Jackson Hole Airport (Wyo.), and Tupelo Airport (Miss.)] and one federalized airport at Sioux Falls, S.D. applied to have qualified contractors perform screening functions. Contracts for Sioux Falls and Jackson Hole have already been awarded. Over the next few months, TSA plans to complete the procurement process for the final two original PP5 airports.

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