Protest over Army contract award fails to materialize

Protest over Army contract award fails to materialize

By Bill Murray
GCN Staff

Despite some grumbling by vendors, the deadline for protests of a recent Army contract award to privatize two software centers came and went this month without any filings.

The service on Dec. 29 awarded Computer Sciences Corp. the $681 million Army Wholesale Logistics Modernization Program (WLMP) contract.

Through the five-year contract, CSC will help the service set up just-in-time delivery depots so it can do away with stockpiling goods and renovate its global supply programs.

Because no vendor filed a protest, CSC officials will receive a notice to proceed with the project within days, said Henry T. Kearney, spokesman for the Communications-Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth, N.J.

The procurement was a flashpoint of contention between the Army and members of Congress, who were acting on behalf of government employees, in the 1999 and 2000 Defense authorization bills.

Software centers in Chambersburg, Pa., and St. Louis will be privatized through the contract, with more than 500 civilian jobs shifted to the vendor. Faced with tight budgets and increased deployments, Defense Department officials plan to transfer up to 230,000 jobs to the private sector by 2005 to save more than $10 billion over the next six years.

WLMP bidders had to show in their proposals how they would provide employment for personnel at the Chambersburg and St. Louis facilities.

Users throughout the Army will tap into WLMP data from more than 40,000 PCs running Microsoft Windows 2000. The service expects to have Win 2000 and any needed new hardware fully deployed by 2003.

Meanwhile, the managers of the Army Global Combat Support System also are taking a strong interest in WLMP because it will have to integrate with GCSS-A, said Col. Stephen Broughall, GCSS program manager at Fort Lee, Va.

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