DISA cancels RFP for enterprise services project

DISA cancels RFP for enterprise services project

The Defense Information Systems Agency this week abruptly cancelled a request for proposals on a universal discovery tool for its Net-Centric Enterprise Services initiative.

The cancellation of the RFP has some pondering the future of the NCES program.

"I think they're moving it along at the [Office of the Secretary of Defense] level as a concept, but they wanted to move it from an idea to something that was buildable," an industry source said.

Late last month, DISA posted a notice seeking to procure a Universal Description, Discovery and Integration Registry commercial product with unlimited licenses for NCES usage. The purchase would have supported the establishment of a UDDI registry for use within NCES'a key move to bring the NCES concept over to Web services.

The agency cancelled
that notice Jan. 18.

NCES is considered one of the major components of the Global Information Grid, the Defense Department's global network for classified and nonclassified data. NCES is comprised of nine core services: applications, collaboration, discovery, enterprise service management, mediation, messaging, security, storage and user assistance.

Recently, Priscilla Guthrie, deputy CIO of the Defense Department, said Pentagon brass reviewed NCES in mid-December and found it progressing well. And Debra Filippi, principal director for NCES, said the focus this year would be on rapidly integrating commercial products, collaborating with the services on applications development and speeding up the process for developing, testing and producing new technologies.

Linton Wells II, Defense CIO, echoed support for the program during a breakfast today, although he said pulling it off would be "challenging."

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