Statement by Smiths Detection about TSA Award of Contract for AT-2 Passenger
EDGEWOOD, Md. -- September 29, 2013
Today the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced its decision
to award a contract for Advanced Technology 2 (AT-2) X-ray scanners. Mal
Maginnis, the president of Smiths Detection, which had competed for that
contract, issued the following statement about the TSA announcement:
“Smiths Detection very strongly disagrees with the TSA’s selection in its
Advanced Technology 2 (AT-2) X-Ray scanner program. TSA’s decision disregarded
better detection capabilities that would have provided safer air travel and at
a longer-term value for taxpayers’ money.
“TSA’s decision ignored its own stated needs for higher levels of detection
capability, which the agency itself has deemed critical to ensuring the safety
of air travellers. The decision also minimizes the future cost of ownership
and the time and investment needed to ensure detection of new and emerging
threats. Smiths Detection equipment already has the capability of detecting
these threats, and represents the best value solution to TSA’s needs, now and
in future, considering total cost of ownership.
“We are also very concerned that TSA is awarding this contract to the same
manufacturer who it recently moved to debar from federal contracting and
significantly scrutinized for a lack of acceptable business quality and
compliance management. If past performance is a factor in this decision, as
TSA has stated, it is difficult to understand the choice they have made.”
Smiths Detection designs and makes advanced solutions to detect and identify
threats including explosives, chemical agents, biohazards, nuclear, radiation,
narcotics, weapons and contraband. A market leader worldwide in providing
layered security technologies, Smiths Detection has major plants in three U.S.
states. It partners federal and state government agencies and first responders
to strengthen homeland security and safeguard the military. Major customers
include the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security
(DHS). It is part of Smiths Group, a global leader in the practical
application of advanced technologies. Smiths Group employs around 23,000
people, including more than 9,000 in the U.S. where it operates around 100
sites in 40 states.
Chad Kolton, 571-414-0730
Dana Knox-Gower, 203-207-9726
Director of Communications and Marketing - Americas
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