Three e-gov projects move forward

Four agencies are testing the new data repository and work force analysis tools the Office of Personnel Management launched earlier this month under the Enterprise Human Resources Integration e-government project.

EHRI was one of three Quicksilver initiatives to move forward this month.

E-Rulemaking, managed by the Environmental Protection Agency, awarded a $98 million contract to help other agencies integrate their applications into the governmentwide system. And the General Services Administration decided to re-evaluate bids for its disputed $450 million E-Travel procurement.

For the OPM effort, the agency along with the Interior, Homeland Security and Treasury departments is analyzing federal work force data each gathered during the last eight years to spot trends and possible shortfalls, said Rhonda Diaz, EHRI project manager. The agencies also are testing an electronic personnel record that will replace paper files.

'With the data repository, it is more than a proof of concept,' Diaz said. 'We aggregated data, and agencies can take a purely statistical look at their work force.'

OPM plans to bring in data from other agencies by February and begin collecting personnel and payroll data in the repository biweekly. Currently, agencies send OPM personnel data each quarter, which makes accurate forecasting and analysis difficult, Diaz said.

Meanwhile, GSA earlier this month said it would not defend its award of a pair of E-Travel contracts to Carlson Wagonlit Government Travel Inc. of San Antonio and Northrop Grumman Corp. to the General Accounting Office.

Do-over on travel bids

EDS Corp. in August protested the award of the contracts to GAO, arguing that GSA did not properly evaluate the bids.

GSA will let the qualified bidders redemonstrate their proposed services, conduct further discussions with the bidders and permit proposal revisions, said Mike Golden, GAO associate general counsel.

Golden said reopening the selection process renders the protest dead, so GAO dismissed it. He added that it's not unusual to take corrective action rather than defend a selection.

On the E-Rulemaking front, EPA has awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. a $98 million contract to integrate federal online rule-making systems for the Regulations.gov portal.

The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has a one-year base period and four one-year options. EPA awarded the contract under the National Institutes of Health's CIO Solutions and Partners II program.

EPA this month plans to issue the first task order to create the systems architecture, said Oscar Morales, E-Rulemaking project director.

Lockheed also will complete a business process re-engineering plan begun by the project team, Morales said.

Under the contract, Lockheed will build the governmentwide portal and develop automated tools for rule-making writers and docket managers at more than 150 agencies.

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