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Police Training Ruling Finds in Favour of DynCorp

DynCorp International : 17 March, 2010  (Company News)
Accountability body in the USA rules in favour of DynCorp resulting in a competitive bid being placed for a training contract for the Afghan National Police
The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has announced its ruling in favour of DynCorp International's protest of the issuance of task order request for proposals (TORPs) by the Department of the Army for training and facilities support for the Ministry of Interior and Afghan National Police.

DynCorp International filed the protest in December of 2009 after learning the civilian police training contract would not be competitively bid. DynCorp International is the current incumbent providing highly-qualified and experienced law enforcement personnel to support civilian police training and mission support to the Afghan National Police. The current contract program, managed under the Department of State, is scheduled to transition to the Department of Defence later this year.

DynCorp protested the closed bidding process as well as the use of the Counter-Narcotic terrorism Technology Program Office (CNTPO) contracting vehicle itself, which, as the GAO confirmed in its ruling today, was intended for technology acquisition, not civilian police training.

In a letter dated March 15, 2010, to the Secretary of the Army, Acting GAO General Counsel Lynn Gibson stated: "We sustain the protest because we conclude that the TORPs are outside the scope of the ID/IQ contracts. We recommend that Army cancel the TORPs and either conduct a full and open competition for these services, or prepare the appropriate justification required by the CICA [Competition in Contracting Act of 1984] to limit the competition."

DynCorp International President and Chief Executive Bill Ballhaus welcomed the Government's ruling. "We are very pleased that the GAO ruled in favour of our protest and in support of a full and open contracting competition that will ensure maximum benefit to the taxpayer and the most qualified partner to support our operational men and women in Afghanistan."

"We are proud of our long history of successfully partnering with the military and particularly with the skilled men and women of CSTC-A. This commitment was re-affirmed by the recent award of a competitively bid contract to assist the CSTC-A and NATO Training Mission by providing mentors and trainers to the Afghanistan Ministry of Defence," said Ballhaus. "We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Department of Defence and we fully expect to have an opportunity to bid on the new contract to train the Afghan National Police. We are performing this crucial training mission now, and will continue to meet all objectives of the commanders on the ground while a full and transparent bidding process can ensure the best outcome for the taxpayer, our mission and the Afghan people," concluded Ballhaus.

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