Judge Upholds FSS Consolidation

 - September 29, 2006, 11:18 AM

Judge Edwin Neill of the Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition has denied protests by the union representing flight service station (FSS) employees to prevent Lockheed Martin from proceeding with an FAA contract to consolidate FSS facilities. As a result of this decision, next month the FAA is cleared to start closing 38 of the current 61 FSS facilities and handing over 20 of the remaining 23 to the aerospace giant. However, there is an amendment to the FAA appropriations bill working its way through Congress that would void the contract and the consolidation plan.