Bush gets bill to extend NMCI two more years

Congress last month passed a bill extending the $6.9 billion Navy-Marine Corps Intranet contract from five years to seven years.

The bill gives the Navy more time to prepare and implement NMCI before it decides whether to continue the contract during the three one-year options.

The bill is awaiting approval by President Bush.

A Navy official said the extension would not affect the contract costs. For months, the Navy has lobbied for legislators to extend the contract beyond the five-year base period to give the Navy time to use NMCI before officials have to consider entering into the contract's option periods.

Although the contract was awarded in October 2000, it has suffered from delays. The Navy had anticipated having 100,000 seats cut over to the NMCI environment at this point in the contract. They have moved 39,000 seats.

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