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99 -- Voluntarily Abandoned Property (VAP) Management and Disposal

Solicitation Number: HSTS03-06-R-CAO054
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Office: Transportation Security Administration
Location: Headquarters TSA
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Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Added: May 16, 2006
This is a combined synopsis/Screening Information Request (SIR) for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Office of Safety, Health and Environment (OSHE). TSA hereby makes aware all interested parties that it is soliciting technical proposals under a SIR to fulfill its Voluntarily Abandoned Property (VAP) requirement. This is a full and open SIR and all interested companies are invited to participate regardless of business size. Any and all updates to this synopsis/SIR will be posted to the Government Point of Entry at Interested parties are encouraged to check frequently for possible updates. While any and all questions must be directed to one of the Government points of contact identified in this synopsis/SIR, answers to those questions, as well as any and all clarifications, extensions or changes will be posted to and will only be available at prior to the closing date and time of the SIR.

This procurement will be conducted using the Transportation Security Administration Acquisition Management System (TSAAMS). Interested parties may learn more about the Acquisition Management System at TSA is exempted from the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) by the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA – Public Law 107-71) and empowered to use TSAAMS by the same authority. TSA will conduct this solicitation using the following steps:

Interested firms may contact TSA for a copy of its Screening Information Request (SIR), including evaluation factors, instructions, list of TSA Federalized Locations, Non-Disclosure Agreement and Statement of Work. Firms may then submit a technical proposal in response to this SIR. TSA will evaluate these technical proposals strictly in accordance with those evaluation factors as published in the SIR instructions. Based on this evaluation, TSA will establish a competitive range consisting of those firms who, based on their technical proposal, are most likely to receive award. Those firms who are not included in the competitive range will be notified and will have 3 business days to request a debriefing with the Contracting Officer (CO). Those firms who are included in the competitive range will receive a request for offer that includes an invitation to submit a price proposal for their technical approach as well as be invited to participate in oral presentations. The subject of these presentations is clearly stated in the SIR. TSA will then conduct a best value analysis by comparing the proposed price to the proposed technical approach for each firm included within the competitive range. TSA envisions a single award as the end result of this screening process to a company whose proposed technical solution and price (inclusive of the base and all 4 option years) represents the best value to the agency. However, TSA makes no guarantee of award of contract as a result of this or any future SIR.


Prior to passage of ATSA, the air carriers were responsible for the screening of commercial air carrier passengers. They also were responsible for the collection and disposition of all prohibited items, including hazardous materials. With the passage of ATSA, TSA became responsible for the screening of these passengers. 49 U.S.C. §44901(a).

As a result, TSA determined that it had the legal responsibility to accept prohibited and hazardous items voluntarily abandoned by passengers at security checkpoints. Having accepted the property, TSA is legally liable for the disposition of abandoned or forfeited personal property. Hazardous materials, if not otherwise donated per 41 CFR 101-42.304, must be disposed of in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations. 42 U.S.C. §6901 et seq.

In 2003, TSA issued the National Voluntarily Abandoned Property and Hazardous Material Disposal Contract to assist with the management, disposition and disposal of the prohibited and hazardous items voluntarily abandoned by passengers at security checkpoints. In April 2005, TSA added lighters to the prohibited item list as directed by Congress in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. Since adding lighters to the prohibited items list, the amount of hazardous material abandoned at TSA screening checkpoint has nearly quadrupled.

TSA did not anticipate the volume of lighters being abandoned at the checkpoint to remain at such a high level.

TSA hereby makes all interested parties aware that the incumbent Contractor for this effort is Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). While a contract for VAP was awarded previously, the requirement has changed substantially from its original inception and this procurement far exceeds the scope of the original requirement.

Industry Day

TSA will conduct an Industry Day at TSA Headquarters in Arlington, VA on May 23, 2006 at 2:00pm. TSA Headquarters is located at 601 South 12th St in Arlington VA, directly across from the Fashion Center at Pentagon City. All interested parties are invited to attend. Please note that attendance at Industry Day is not mandatory for responding to the SIR but it is highly encouraged. If you plan to attend, you must alert the TSA point of contact listed herein as soon as possible. Interested parties must attend Industry Day in person and each firm is limited to two (2) attendees. No phone number will be provided for call-in participation. Interested parties are advised of the following security procedures at TSA:

Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the start of the event to 601 South 12th St. Street parking is extremely limited and garage parking runs anywhere from $2-$4 per hour so Metro is highly encouraged. Proceed to the Visitor’s Center at 601 South 12 St to check in. TSA Security will log in all visitors and issue temporary badges. This process can cause delays so interested parties are encouraged to arrive early. Visitors will be escorted to the meeting room by a member of TSA’s staff. Visitors are cautioned that they must be escorted at all times by a member of TSA’s staff while in TSA spaces. Failure to abide by TSA’s visitor procedures may result in expulsion from TSA spaces.

Tentative Milestones:

TSA’s tentative milestones (which the Agency reserves the right to change) for this procurement are as follows:

May 19, 2006 – SIR Available to interested parties

May 23, 2006 – Industry Day held at TSA HQ

June 9, 2006 – Last day to request SIR package

June 23, 2006 – All technical proposals due to TSA

July 24, 2006 – Completion of evaluation of technical proposals, notification to vendors not in the competitive range

July 25, 2006 – Request for offer, including invitation to submit price proposal and participate in oral presentations, sent to vendors in competitive range

August 18, 2006 – Price proposals due

August 21 – 25, 2006 – Oral presentations held

September 15, 2006 – Award of contract

If Interested

All interested vendors must contact TSA’s Office of Acquisition (OA) for a copy of the SIR, list of TSA Federalized Locations, Non-Disclosure Agreement and Statement of Work. The SIR contains the SOW, which delineates those requirements that must be met in support of TSA’s VAP program. The SIR contains all Evaluation Factors that will be used by TSA in considering the technical merit of each response. The SIR also contains instructions on the format of responses, including page length. All interested companies are hereby made aware that in order to be considered they must submit a technical proposal that covers all aspects of the SOW, not selected parts of the SOW. However, TSA is willing to consider the merit of any proposed subcontracting or teaming agreements as stated in the Evaluation Factors contained in the SIR. TSA’s primary point of contact is Mark Urciuolo, who can be reached via phone at 571-227-4213 or via e-mail at If Mark Urciuolo is not available, please contact the Contracting Officer (CO), Mr. Marvin Grubbs, at 571-227-1581 or at Any questions about this synopsis/solicitation shall be directed to Mark Urciuolo. All interested Contractors must contact the TSA point of contact to request the associated documentation no later than 3pm Eastern time on Wednesday June 9th, 2006. The deadline for submission of a technical proposal is indicated in the SIR and will not be extended unless the CO determines that an extension is necessary to maintain the competitive nature of the procurement.

Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Headquarters TSA, 601 S. 12th Street TSA-25, 10th Floor, Arlington, VA, 22202
CONUS and OCONUS - All TSA Federalized Locations
Mark Urciuolo, Contract Specialist, CTR, Phone 571-227-4213, Fax 571-227-2911, Email - Marvin Grubbs, Contracting Officer, Phone 571-227-1581, Fax 571-227-2913, Email