THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ

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PORT AUTHORITY BOARD APPROVES CONTRACT FOR SECURITY SERVICES AT ITS AIRPORTS

Date: Jul 24, 2013
Press Release Number: 70-2013

Contract will enhance security functions at its three major aviation facilities

As part of its ongoing efforts to enhance security at its transportation facilities the Port Authority Board of Commissioners today authorized a four-year contract for unarmed security guard services with Allied Barton Security Services.

The agency’s selection of Allied Barton to replace FJC Security follows a competitive procurement process and is part of an internal reorganization of security functions at Port Authority facilities under the direction of Chief Security Officer Joe Dunne. The agency will combine unarmed guard services for its three major aviation facilities under one contract to provide for more efficient operations.

The $221 million contract with Allied Barton, which goes into effect on September 1, will provide unarmed guard coverage at John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia Airports, and will employ approximately 600 guards at the three airports.

The new contract with Allied includes a provision that employee background checks be conducted on an annual basis, and that there be increased training for prospective security guards. It also includes new positions aimed at enhancing the supervision of security personnel. Under the contract, Allied will provide management, supervision, labor, vehicles, equipment and materials for the guards to perform their duties.

“The security of our airport facilities and safety of the traveling public that uses them requires an unarmed security guard force that is vigilant and well-trained,” said Port Authority Chairman David Samson. “Recognizing the critical functions these guards perform, this contract contains enhanced quality-control provisions, including increased training for prospective guards and additional supervisory posts, which will ensure the highest level of service and security for our passengers and facilities alike.”

“This contract will enhance the security functions at our airports so they will continue to be among the safest in the world,” said Port Authority Vice Chairman Scott Rechler. “We’ve included enhanced provisions to ensure our new vendor provides capable and properly trained personnel who can perform security functions that are critical to the safety and well being of our passengers and aviation facilities.”

“We expect the highest level of vendor performance and a well trained and supervised security force at our facilities,” said Port Authority Chief Security Officer Joseph Dunne. “This contract includes enhancements that provide for the highest level of unarmed guard services and performance for the traveling public. We have confidence in Allied’s ability to perform the duties required of them.”

Following the approval of the contract with Allied, the Port Authority will exercise its right under the existing contract to terminate FJC early. The Port Authority can terminate the contract with Allied Barton without cause with five days notice. In addition, the contract gives the Port Authority the option to add Stewart International and Teterboro airports at a later date. AvPorts currently provides guard services at those airports.

The Port Authority will be doing a Request for Proposals for security guard services at other agency facilities in the coming months as the reorganization of security functions continues. Allied will not be permitted to submit an RFP for those services.

CONTACT: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey 212-435-7777

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.