DOD kicks off departmentwide personnel systems project

DOD kicks off departmentwide personnel systems project

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command has awarded five contracts to develop plans for the Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System.

The SPAWAR IT Center in New Orleans awarded $1 million contracts to Computer Sciences Corp., IBM Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. and a $950,000 contract to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

The vendors will develop systems specifications, perform risk assessments and draft program management plans for DIMHRS, a system for use across the Defense Department. The plans are due in December; the companies will then compete to develop and implement DIMHRS.

The Navy wants to award the Phase 2 contract June 30 and have the system running DOD-wide by 2007, SPAWAR officials said.

DIMHRS is a payroll and personnel system for the military's active and reserve units. It will replace roughly 88 personnel and pay systems.

SPAWAR, the contracting agency for DIMHRS, has selected software from PeopleSoft Inc. of Pleasanton, Calif. Defense officials won't say how much they expect the system to cost, but industry analysts estimate that DOD will spend between $500 million and $1 billion on it.

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