State will pilot a worldwide intranet

State will pilot a worldwide intranet

The State Department in February will award a contract for building a pilot version of what will eventually become an online work environment for nine agencies worldwide.

State is taking the lead for the Overseas Presence Interagency Collaboration. The pilot will cover 2,400 federal workers in the District of Columbia, Mexico and India. Three vendor teams, led by Accenture LLP of Chicago, Science Applications International Corp. of San Diego and SRA International Inc. of Fairfax, Va., are competing for the pilot work.

John Cabral, deputy chief knowledge officer at State, said the intranet will undergo testing and evaluation through July. Although there's no guarantee, Cabral said, the winner of the contract for the pilot would have an inside track for the worldwide deployment, which he estimated will be worth more than $100 million.

Overseas Presence will make State's and partner agencies' e-mail systems interoperable and create a Web portal for collaboration tools, maps and specialized pages, Cabral said. He spoke at a breakfast meeting of the Bethesda, Md., chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.

State is funding the pilot, but for the full interagency deployment, Cabral said, the participating agencies would go to the Office of Management and Budget for help in obtaining a special appropriation.

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