Smiths Detection Protests TSA Award of Contract for AT-2 Passenger Screening
EDGEWOOD, Md. -- October 30, 2013
Smiths Detection has filed a formal protest with the U.S. Government
Accountability Office (GAO) of an award by the Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) for a Delivery Order of an indefinite quantity of
Advanced Technology 2 (AT-2) carry-on baggage scanners and ancillary
equipment. TSA announced the award on 27 September, 2013.
Smiths Detection, one of three companies included in the tender, finds that
TSA’s ‘Best Value’ analysis and evaluation of AT-2 submissions was flawed
because it insufficiently weighted the comparatively lower risk and lower
lifecycle costs of Smiths Detection’s more advanced technical solution.
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
Director of Communications and Marketing - Americas
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