...Wants Transition Process Stopped...

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In the protest, Washington, through his lawyer, asks ODRA to stop Lockheed Martin from proceeding with the transition to its own system and the resulting equipment and staffing decisions. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin officially takes over the FSS on Oct. 1 and is now getting ready for the transition, including recruiting personnel from existing FSSs. Washington also asks ODRA to start the whole bidding process over again. In the protest, Washington claims there are "compelling reasons" to cancel the deal, not the least of which is that Lockheed Martin's plan involves a complete replacement of existing facilities and equipment. Washington notes that much of the hardware the successful bidder intends to use in its system isn't certified and that staff will require extensive training to bring the system up to speed. By comparison, the in-house bid envisions expanding the already-proven and FAA-certified Operational and Supportability Implementation System (OASIS), which was developed by the FAA at great taxpayer expense and which Washington claims is working well. The government-based bid would consolidate all FSS operations into three "hubs" at existing FAA facilities in Oregon, Kansas and Pennsylvania with a satellite operation in Honolulu. Lockheed Martin is planning hubs in Arizona, Texas and Virginia along with retaining and upgrading 17 of the existing 61 FSS facilities.