Navy Net award slips to Sept. 1

Navy Net award slips to Sept. 1

The Navy, which saw congressional oversight push its Internet services buy off schedule, now plans to award a contract Sept. 1 for the outsourcing project.

The service originally planned to award the $10 billion Navy-Marine Corps Intranet contract by June 1. But lawmakers demanded that the service hold off on the buy until it had supplied them with more details about the project [GCN, June 19, Page 6].

Daniel Porter, the Navy's chief information officer, on June 30 sent a report to the House and Senate Armed Services and Appropriations committees answering lawmakers' questions, said Lt. S. Jane Alexander, a Navy spokeswoman.

Navy officials expect a response from Congress by Sept. 1, she said.

If awarded on the new schedule, Alexander said, the mandatory contract would take effect Oct. 1. The eight-year contract will cover voice, video and data services.

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