...Other Bidders Also Intervene

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Phillips said at least two other unsuccessful bidders, Raytheon and Computer Sciences, have filed interventions, as has the National Association of Air Traffic Specialists, the union representing FSS employees. The FAA administrator was to have filed her response to the protest from within her ranks by Wednesday and Washington has until Friday to comment on that response. Then it's up to ODRA to decide whether to act on Washington's protest. Phillips said ODRA's decision will be final and he expects it early next week. The original outsourcing program, called an A-76 process, took about three years to complete and when it was announced on Feb. 1, it met with generally favorable response in the aviation community. AOPA was particularly enthusiastic about service and technological improvements it said would benefit pilots, without the introduction of user fees.