Identix contract challenged by losing bidder

SSN Staff  - 
Friday, April 1, 2005

MINNETONKA, Minn. - A $27 million Department of Homeland Security contract awarded to biometric technology company Identix is being contested by an unsuccessful bidder on the contract.

The latest protest marks the second time the unnamed company has complained about the contract award. Identix was awarded a five year Blanket Purchase Agreement by the DHS Sept. 30, 2003 to provide its TouchPrint 3000 line fingerprint biometric scan booking stations and desktop systems to the Citizenship and Immigration Services and other select departments in DHS.

As a result of the contract being contested, the DHS has issued a stop work order, meaning that procurement of Identix technology under the BPA will be held in until the issue is resolved.

Joseph Atick, president and chief executive officer of Identix, said he is optimistic that Identix will come out on top. He said Identix has come out on top and been rated the best overall value to the government during the extensive BPA procurement process.