TSA awards San Francisco International Airport private screening contract under Screening Partnership Program

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National Press Release
Thursday, November 2, 2006

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the selection of Covenant Aviation Security, LLC, of Bolingbrook, Ill. as the private screening contractor for San Francisco International Airport (SFO) under the Screening Partnership Program (SPP). Covenant has selected Lockheed Martin Information & Technology Services as a strategic subcontractor.

This competitively awarded contract is for the procurement of security screening services for passenger, checkpoint and checked baggage operations at SFO. The total contract award value, including options, is approximately $314 million. The total period of performance is three years, 11 months, which will begin on November 1, 2006 and end on September 30, 2010 (if all options are exercised). Under SPP, TSA's Federal Security Director (FSD) at SFO will remain responsible for overseeing security standards and managing contractor performance.

"We've been pleased with our working relationship with Covenant during the last four years through the SPP pilot program," said SFO FSD Edward Gomez. "We look forward to extending this strong partnership to ensure we continue providing the highest levels of safety for the traveling public."

SPP is designed to meet the requirement for the "opt-out" program established in the Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001 (ATSA). Airport operators are allowed to apply to TSA to have screening functions performed by qualified private screening contractors through SPP, which replaced the original contract screening pilot program (known as the PP5).

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 to the SPP and the acquisition process for new contracts. All of the original PP5 airports [San Francisco International, Kansas City International (Mo.), Greater Rochester International (N.Y.), Jackson Hole Airport (Wyo.), and Tupelo Regional (Miss.)] and Sioux Falls Regional Airport (S.D.) applied for participation in the SPP. SFO is the last of the PP5 airports to be awarded a contract under SPP.