Services prepare HR systems

The Navy recently finished installing an automated data system for pay and personnel documents at 570 ship and shore sites.

The Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System, developed by Lockheed Martin Corp.'s Information Technology division in Seabrook, Md., replaces four legacy personnel and pay systems for active-duty and Reserve members.

NSIPS uses a customized version of Human Capital Management software from PeopleSoft Inc. of Pleasanton, Calif. The system, which allows the Navy to get rid of more than 100 servers, lets sailors update their addresses, phone numbers and emergency contact information online.

A Web version of NSIPS was scheduled to go live on the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet last month, officials said. On the NMCI portal, NSIPS would centralize data that now resides on several field-level servers.

When fully deployed, NMCI will link roughly 411,000 sailors at 300 shore sites via a common voice, video and data portal.

Active-duty and Reserve forces are using the personnel features on NSIPS. The payroll features are only being used at Reserve locations and at four active-duty sites but are set for deployment at additional sites by Navy brass, Lockheed officials said.

The NSIPS deployment comes as the Navy prepares to integrate its personnel systems with an enterprise Defense Department system. The shift to that system, the Defense Integrated Manpower and Human Resource System, is slated to take place by early 2006, with the Army transitioning first.

Navy officials said the DIMHRS Program Office is considering the use of NSIPS as a baseline product for the DOD-wide system. DIMHRS also uses PeopleSoft products.

Personnel online

The Army is also gearing up to roll out its electronic personnel system.

This week the Army's electronic military personnel system, known as eMILPO, was scheduled to be deployed Armywide via the Internet, said Lt. Col. Stan Heath, spokesman for the Army Personnel Command.

The system will replace a 30-year-old legacy system, the Standard Installation Division Personnel System-3. Last month, Army leaders stopped running personnel transactions on the legacy system, Heath said, to prepare for the cutover to eMILPO.

In January, eMILPO failed a final systems test, which pushed back the rollout until the system could ensure that the data migration process was automatic and accurate.

In March, the system was approved for fielding, but Army leaders halted efforts again, this time because of the war in Iraq, Heath said.

'Because of the war, we made a conscious decision not to employ it. It was ready, but it wouldn't have made good tactical sense,' Heath said.

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