By year's end, Justice plans to issue RFP for office automation upgrade

By year's end, Justice plans to issue RFP for office automation upgrade

By Shruti Dat'

GCN Staff

The Justice Department plans to complete an acquisition strategy by the end of fiscal 2000 for its Justice Consolidated Office Network II long-term contracting requirements, a top Justice Management Division official said.

Through the program, which has a projected cost of $521 million, Justice aims to build a departmentwide hardware and software environment, systems technology staff director Jim Gallagher said.

A JCON working group is analyzing five-year automation requirements beyond the end of fiscal 2002, when Justice will complete deployment of the JCON II Standard Architecture, Gallagher said.

'Once these requirements have been determined, the working group will examine contracting approaches and vehicles to satisfy these requirements,' Gallagher said. The department has not set a date to release a request for proposals, and Gallagher said existing department contract vehicles also would be considered.

Satisfy the need

'In fact, the working group may determine that existing contracts may satisfy the JCON requirements. Therefore, a full and open competition will not be required,' Gallagher said. The working group will make that decision during the development of the acquisition plan over the next few months, he said.

The department will complete the JCON II Standard Architecture deployment for nearly 30,000 users by fiscal 2002'a two-year delay from the original plan. Justice suspended JCON I in October 1997 after months of problems [GCN, June 22, 1998, Page 12].Budget shortfalls in fiscal 1999 and fiscal 2000, and a complete revision of the initial JCON architecture caused the project to lag, Gallagher said.

He said that the revised schedule is contingent upon sufficient funding in fiscal 2001 and fiscal 2002 but that the program has made strides despite delays.

About 4,500 employees in Justice divisions including Environment and Natural Resources, Tax, and Justice Management, and in the Trustee Program and Community Relations Service already work under the new architecture

Deployments in the Civil and Civil Rights divisions and in U.S. attorneys' offices are under way, Gallagher said.

For its standard architecture, Justice uses Compaq Computer Corp. and Dell Computer Corp. PCs running Corel WordPerfect under Microsoft Windows NT. Users also can access Oracle Corp. and Microsoft SQL Server databases.

For e-mail, the PCs run Microsoft Exchange 5.5 and Enterprise Outlook.

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