Army program changes course on Dell BPA

Army program changes course on Dell BPA

By Bill Murray

GCN Staff

In an about-face, the Army Small Computer Program is beefing up its own PC contracts rather than promoting a blanket purchasing agreement set by a Hawaii service unit.

Last month, the program's departing chief had her team begin promoting a BPA that procurement officers at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, had set with Dell Computer Corp. But the promotion lasted 10 days, ending the day that Small Computer Program manager Yvonne Jackson left her post.

The Communications-Electronics Command program office stopped marketing the Dell BPA on April 28, said Lt. Col. Michael Mazzucchi, CECOM deputy for systems acquisition and the Systems Management Center director at Fort Monmouth, N.J.

On April 18, CECOM had begun promoting the BPA on its Web site and had named a program manager for the buy, he said. Under the deal, Army buyers receive discounts of 15 percent to 20 percent off Dell's General Services Administration schedule contract prices for PCs, servers and storage products.

Jackson had agreed to promote the Dell BPA because the Small Computer Program's existing indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts 'didn't meet the entire product needs of our customers' for PCs and servers, Mazzucchi said. Under the plan, the Small Computer Program was to receive its customary 1 percent industrial funding fee, he said.

But Mazzucchi changed his mind and encouraged the Small Computer Program's Army PC-3 and Portable-3 vendors'Government Technology Services Inc. of Chantilly, Va., Intelligent Decisions Inc. of Chantilly, and IntelliSys Technology Corp. of Fairfax, Va.'to add products to their contracts, he said.

'Quite frankly, I thought we owed it to our partners to give them a chance to respond,' Mazzucchi said.

There are seven or eight pending change proposals on the PC-3 and Portable-3 contracts, he said.

Back to school

Jackson left her position to enter a 12-month master's degree program through the Senior Service College Fellowship Program at the University of Texas. She will begin her studies in August.

Tom Leahy, acting deputy product manager, has taken over Jackson's duties until CECOM names a new program manager, which will likely happen by early August, Mazzucchi said.

Jackson completed two years on the job. During her tenure, she said, the Small Computer Program decreased product shipping time from 45 days to 15 days through contract clauses in the Army Portable-3 and PC-3 contracts.

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