Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport awarded private screening contract under Screening Partnership Program

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National Press Release
Friday, June 22, 2007

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the selection of Trinity Technology Group, Inc., of Fairfax, Va., as the private screening contractor for Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County (Calif.) Airport under the Screening Partnership Program (SPP).

"SPP is an excellent example of a public-private partnership," said Fred Lau, TSA federal security director for Oakland International, Stockton Metropolitan and Modesto City-County airports, as well as for Schulz-Sonoma. "We look forward to establishing a strong working relationship with Trinity, which will provide screening services under TSA's continued oversight."

The airport applied to the SPP program last fall. This competitively awarded contract is for security screening services for both passenger checkpoint and checked baggage operations. The total contract award value, including options, is approximately $5,178,304. The total period of performance is four years and three months, which will begin on June 22, 2007 and end on September 30, 2011 (if all options are exercised). Under SPP, the federal security director at Oakland International Airport will remain responsible for overseeing TSA security standards and contractor performance at Schulz-Sonoma.

This is the second contract awarded at an SPP airport using a streamlined acquisition process implemented by TSA in 2006, which allows any interested company to respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP). Previously, contractors had to apply and be accepted as a "Qualified Vendor" in order to compete for a SPP contract.

SPP is designed to meet the requirement for the "opt-out" program established in the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) of 2001. Beginning in 2002, ATSA required TSA to conduct a SPP pilot program at five airports (known as the "PP5"). When the pilot program ended in November 2004, airport operators with federal screening services could apply to SPP.

To date, all the original PP5 airports [San Francisco International; Kansas City (Mo.) International; Greater Rochester (N.Y.) International; Jackson Hole, Wyo.; and Tupelo (Miss.) Regional] are participating in SPP. In addition, Joe Foss Field in Sioux Falls, S.D., Key West International Airport, and the Florida Keys Marathon Airport have transitioned to SPP. TSA also signed a three-party contract with US Helicopter Corporation and McNeil Security, Inc., under SPP that established screening operations to support airport shuttle services at the East 34th Street Heliport in New York City.

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