GAO Sustains DynCorp International’s Protest; RecommendsSecretary of the Army “Cancel” Current Contracting Process andConduct “Full and Open Competition”
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (March 15, 2010) – The UnitedStates Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced its rulingtoday in favor of DynCorp International’s (NYSE:DCP) protest of theissuance of task order request for proposals (TORPs) by theDepartment of the Army for training and facilities support for theMinistry of Interior and Afghan National Police.
DynCorp International filed the protest in December of 2009 afterlearning the civilian police training contract would not becompetitively bid. DynCorp International is the current incumbentproviding highly-qualified and experienced law enforcementpersonnel to support civilian police training and mission supportto the Afghan National Police. The current contract program,managed under the Department of State, is scheduled to transitionto the Department of Defense later this year.
DynCorp protested the closed bidding process as well as the use ofthe Counter-Narcoterrorism Technology Program Office (CNTPO)contracting vehicle itself, which, as the GAO confirmed in itsruling today, was intended for technology acquisition, not civilianpolice training.
In a letter dated March 15, 2010, to the Secretary of the Army,Acting GAO General Counsel Lynn H. Gibson stated:
“We sustain the protest because we conclude that the TORPs areoutside the scope of the ID/IQ contracts. We recommend that Armycancel the TORPs and either conduct a full and open competition forthese services, or prepare the appropriate justification requiredby the CICA[Competition in Contracting Act of 1984] to limit thecompetition.”
DynCorp International President and Chief Executive Bill Ballhauswelcomed the Government’s ruling. “We are very pleased that the GAOruled in favor of our protest and in support of a full and opencontracting competition that will ensure maximum benefit to thetaxpayer and the most qualified partner to support our war fightingmen and women in Afghanistan.”
“We are proud of our long history of successfully partnering withthe military and particularly with the skilled men and women ofCSTC-A. This commitment was re-affirmed by the recent award of acompetitively bid contract to assist the CSTC-A and NATO TrainingMission by providing mentors and trainers to the AfghanistanMinistry of Defense,” said Ballhaus. “We look forward to continuingour partnership with the Department of Defense and we fully expectto have an opportunity to bid on the new contract to train theAfghan National Police. We are performing this crucial trainingmission now, and will continue to meet all objectives of thecommanders on the ground while a full and transparent biddingprocess can ensure the best outcome for the taxpayer, our missionand the Afghan people,” concluded Ballhaus.
About DynCorp International
DynCorp International is a global government services provider insupport of U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives,delivering support solutions for defense, diplomacy, andinternational development. DI operates major programs in logistics,platform support, contingency operations, and training andmentoring to reinforce security, community stability, and the ruleof law. DynCorp International is headquartered in Falls Church, Va.For more information, visit www.dyn-intl.com.
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