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TSA to train its federal security directors on ‘ropes course’ and more

TSA is planning two 13-day training sessions in June and October for approximately 30 of its federal security directors, which will be held near its Arlington, VA, headquarters, and will include classroom instructions, “mock media interviews” and risk-taking exercises on a nearby “ropes course.”

The agency is soliciting proposals from small businesses which can provide guest rooms, meeting rooms, audio-visual equipment and access to a ropes course for what it calls its Federal Security Director Academy. The sessions will be held June 11-24, 2011 and Oct. 22 – Nov. 4, 2011.

During the planned two-day sessions at the ropes course, federal security directors will “walk tight-ropes; negotiate obstacles, climb, and pass teammates through an arrangement that involves physical and problem-solving challenges with low physical risk,” explains a solicitation released by TSA on May 18. “Participants gradually expand their comfort zones (sometimes dramatically) and recognize fears that may block personal and professional achievement. Each challenge draws upon team members to actively support each other.”

The Academy will also include two-day “Experiential Learning” sessions, which encourage the FSDs to engage in various roles that involve risk-taking, leadership, problem-solving and coaching, says the solicitation. “They shall be tailored to the specific challenges FSDs face in airport operations and hub-spoke relationships,” says the document.  

The small business vendor’s site must be located within 20 miles of TSA headquarters in Arlington. Similarly, the ropes course and experiential learning site must be located within 20 miles of the contractor’s location. TSA also plans to take the FSDs on field trips to the Air and Space Museum, in Washington, DC; TSA headquarters in Arlington; and the Freedom Center, near Dulles International Airport in Virginia.

Further information about the planned contract, which TSA expects to be a 100 percent small business set-aside, is available from Stacey Walker, a contracting officer, at 206-834-2404 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            206-834-2404      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            206-834-2404      end_of_the_skype_highlightin or [email protected].


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