Navy begins reviewing bids for its intranet services contract

Navy begins reviewing bids for its intranet services contract

By Bill Murray

GCN Staff

The Navy this week begins hearing oral presentations from the four bidders vying for the multibillion-dollar Navy-Marines Corps Intranet contract.

The bids were due last week. The four would-be NMCI contractors are Computer Sciences Corp., Electronic Data Systems Corp., General Dynamics Corp. and IBM Corp.

The NMCI prime contractor will not have to perform 51 percent or more of the work. And there is a requirement that the prime vendor give at least 35 percent of its work to small businesses, said Lee Buchanan, the Navy's assistant secretary for research, development and acquisition.

The Navy has drafted contract language that would let it financially penalize the winning company if the vendor failed to meet the small-business goal. The service plans to award an eight-year contract, with a five-year base and a three-year option.

CSC's team includes Bell Atlantic Corp.; Computer Associates International Inc.; DynCorp of Reston, Va.; FDC Technologies Inc. of Bethesda, Md.; Network Associates Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif.; and SRA International Inc. of Arlington, Va.

EDS' subcontractors include MCI WorldCom Inc. and Raytheon Co.

General Dynamics' team includes Earthlink Network Inc. of Pasadena, Calif.; Harris Corp.; PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. of New York; Sprint Corp.; Unisys Corp.; and Wang Global Inc.

IBM's subcontractors are AT&T Corp.; BellSouth Corp.; Litton PRC; Lockheed Martin Corp.; Lucent Technologies Inc. of Murray Hill, N.J.; and US West Inc. of Englewood, Colo.

All four teams said they are including products from Mi-crosoft Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. of San Jose, Calif., in their bids. And of the four, all but General Dynamics have said they would offer Dell Computer Corp. hardware.

After nearly two weeks of oral presentations, Marine Corps and Navy officials will ask the vendors to conduct demonstrations.

After the demonstrations, the vendors will have six weeks to review the Navy's information technology infrastructure before submitting their best-and-final offers in late May.

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