NMCI award date slips

NMCI award date slips

The Navy expects to delay award of its $10 billion data services outsourcing contract until late next month or early August.

Originally set for award this month, the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet procurement in recent months has been the target of queries from lawmakers and the Office of Management and Budget.

If the service can meet its own June 21 deadline for gathering the information demanded by the House and Senate Armed Services committees, it expects to name an NMCI contractor by August, said Ron Turner, the Navy's deputy chief information officer for infrastructure, systems and technology. He called his estimate a 'logically informed guess.'

Lawmakers have requested a business case analysis for the Navy's strategy to outsource voice, video and data services. They also asked for a personnel impact study, an analysis of alternatives and a report on small-business impact.

'Most of the [congressional] members and staffers are intrigued by the concept' of NMCI, Turner said, but he added that they want more information before giving their approval. 'I feel really good about [gaining] it.'

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