State awards knowledge management pact to Accenture

State awards knowledge management pact to Accenture

The State Department has chosen Accenture LLP of Chicago to implement the pilot phase of its Overseas Presence Interagency Collaboration project. Accenture bested Science Applications International Corp. and SRA International Inc. of Fairfax, Va., both of which also created prototypes of the OPIC knowledge management system for testing by the department.

State and Accenture now will begin negotiations for a task order under which the pilot is set to begin in late April or early May and continue through Sept. 30. According to State Department plans announced earlier, the pilot will involve testing the collaborative knowledge management system with about 2,400 employees in Washington as well as posts in India and Mexico.

In its budget documents for fiscal 2003, the Bush administration requested $14.5 million to continue the OPIC project for an additional year beyond the pilot stage. The program has collaborative software that lets foreign affairs professionals from several departments and agencies pool information and work together on projects.

State selected Accenture to implement the pilot based on feedback from users of the prototype versions of the OPIC system. The three prototypes used the same content provided by the department. Officials who used the prototype systems appreciated the collaborative working tools provided by the software, sources said. Department officials will conduct debriefings of the SAIC and SRA International teams on the project, which is said to be on schedule and on budget.

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