DHS revises TWIC solicitation

The Homeland Security Department has restructured a pending contract for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential by limiting the scope of the initial implementation contract to just the enrollment of eligible workers.

A previous presolicitation notice for the credentialing program, which was issued April 4, sought a single contractor to deploy Phase IV of the program for 850,000 maritime port workers.

The contract's scope was to include enrollment, help desk, operation and maintenance of the ID Management System, the centralized database for TWIC, as well as future enhancements for the program, the notice said.

On April 19, the Transportation Security Administration cancelled that presolicitation notice for TWIC and published a new notice, stating it intends to hold a two-step competition for enrollment services for the program.

TSA said it would issue a qualification statement for interested contractors April 21, with responses to be returned by April 28. The contractors deemed most qualified will receive a request for proposal solicitation for the credentialing program by May 22. No award date is mentioned.

Government sources say TSA now may be seeking more than one vendor for implementation of TWIC, rather than a single prime contractor.

The TWIC program includes biometrics, public-key infrastructure and other IT to improve security for physical and logical access.

Two prototype technology evaluations were complete as of June 2005, and prototype testing will continue through June 2006.

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

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