Navy receives intranet bids

Navy receives intranet bids

By Bill Murray

GCN Staff

JUNE 2—Now the hard work begins.

Navy Department officials received best-and-final offers for the service's estimated $10 billion outsourcing procurement yesterday morning. The bids came in following Wednesday's completion by vendors of due diligence studies on key Marine Corps and Navy shore installations, according to Lt. Dora Staggs, a spokeswoman for the program executive officer for information technology, the procurement's program manager.

Four companies—Computer Sciences Corp., Electronic Data Systems Corp., General Dynamics Corp. and IBM Corp.—are bidding for the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet, an eight-year contract through which the department plans to outsource its voice, video and data services. The due diligence studies had become complicated by the inclusion of ashore locations outside the United States. Some locales require host nation agreements to hire foreign national workers.

Navy officials are still gathering data on the effect NMCI will have on small businesses. They are also laboring to complete a business case analysis and a study on how NMCI will affect Navy help desk, network administration and PC technical support personnel [see related story at www.gcn.com/vol19_no12/news/2045-1.html]. They plan to forward the data to the House and Senate Armed Services committees and Appropriations committees by June 21, with an award possibly next month.

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