Navy outsourcing contract award date slips to Sept. 1

Navy outsourcing contract <br>award date slips to Sept. 1

By Bill Murray
GCN Staff

JULY 21'Navy officials have reset the award date for the service's $10 billion outsourcing contract to Sept. 1, after they have received responses from Capitol Hill on the procurement's impact.

The Navy chief information officer on June 30 sent a report to the House and Senate Armed Services and Appropriations committees that answered lawmakers' questions about the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet procurement, said Lt. S. Jane Alexander, a Navy spokeswoman. Navy officials expect a response from Congress by Sept. 1 and plan to award the contract on that date, she said.

The mandatory single-award contract would go into effect by Oct. 1, and the naval aviation community, which is spread out over several different commands, would be the first to implement NMCI, Alexander said. The eight-year contract will cover voice, video and data services.

Navy officials originally planned to award NMCI by June 1. But Congress requested data on the procurement's projected impact on small business, as well as funding details and an explanation of what will happen to Navy civilian personnel whose jobs will be outsourced [see story at www.gcn.com/vol19_no16/news-briefs/2255-1.html].

With the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 and discretionary budget money available, Navy organizations have been instructed to make no long-term contractual commitments for voice, video and data services, Alexander said.

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