Wednesday, August 15, 2007


Army to reopen bidding on $4.6 bn. Iraq translation services contract

(Washington Business Journal) - The Army will reopen the bidding process on a five-year translation services contract awarded to DynCorp International Inc. last year for work in Iraq. The contract is worth more than $4.6 billion. L-3 Communications Holdings Inc., which had the contract before DynCorp, protested the bidding process. The General Accounting Office sided with L-3 Communications in March and ordered the Army to rebid the contract.
Global Linguist Services, a joint venture of Falls Church-based DynCorp and
McNeil Technologies Inc., was awarded the contract Dec. 18. L-3 has continued to do the work under an extension granted in March for its original contract. "We are pleased that this procurement is moving forward in a serious manner that will address the concerns raised by the GAO [Government Accountability Office] and ensure a timely decision," DynCorp chief executive Herbert Lanese said in a statement. "We look forward to an expedited conclusion of this procurement."
The rebidding process will consider both companies' experience and ability to provide personnel on a timely basis. DynCorp had agreed to hire up to 6,000 local translators in Iraq and provide up to 1,000 more American linguists. DynCorp (NYSE: DCP) and L-3 (NYSE: LLL) have until Aug. 24 to resubmit bids.

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