Accenture Federal Services has been awarded a 10-year, $199 million contract from the Transportation Security Administration to provide IT services in support of TSA’s Secure Flight System.
Secure Flight is a risk-based prescreening program that matches passenger names against trusted traveler lists and government watchlists.
“TSA’s Secure Flight system identifies low and high-risk passengers before they arrive at the airport,” said Maurine Fanguy, AFS managing director and Homeland Security Department lead. “It does this by synching up watchlist and intelligence information against traveler information and passenger reservation data.”
“AFS will enhance the system by incorporating emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, into this mission-critical program,” Fanguy added.
Under the Secure Flight Systems IT Services contract, which runs for one base and nine option years, AFS will provide IT services to engineer, test and sustain the Secure Flight system. The goal is to transition the passenger screening system from its current architecture to open-source technologies, and to cut operating costs for the program while enhancing security and maintaining its commitment to passenger privacy rights.
“AFS has been responsible for TSA Secure Flight program delivery since November 2018,” said Anthony Pinheiro, AFS managing director and TSA lead. “We’re proud of the many successes that have resulted from our partnership with the TSA and are excited to continue helping the agency optimize security on domestic and international commercial flights.”