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FCW : July 30, 2013
The Navy's landmark Next Generation Enterprise Network is breaking new ground in the eld of acquisition. Its predecessor, the Navy Marine Corps Intranet, is the largest network in the world other than the Internet. The contract for NGEN was awarded to a team led by Hewlett-Packard based on "lowest price technically acceptable," an approach that some critics say rules out options that offer better services for higher costs. The LPTA trend is gain- ing momentum as agencies look for savings everywhere. According to Navy of cials, it is part of the reason the contract's maximum value is roughly $3.5 billion as opposed to estimates that went as high as $10 billion. "This contract is achieving greater than $1 billion savings for the Navy, and in this scal environment, that's as critical as it gets," said Sean Stack- ley, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition. "In fact, we actually reduced our bud- get based on anticipated savings from this contract award." Although Navy of cials insist that the thorough approach to its request for proposals will mitigate issues that could require changes to the contract, some experts are not as optimistic. "Unfortunately, what often hap- pens subsequent to the award is that the government realizes that it has not explicitly de ned all the requirements in the docu- ment, which leads to the need for modi cations [and] negotiations and often creates ongoing problems," said War- ren Suss, president of Suss Consulting. He said the process of mak- ing the transition from NMCI to NGEN is much clearer than the transformation to NGEN's successor. "A big question mark is how will the government...han- dle the shift to the next environment involving wireless," he said. Navy of cials said the amount of effort that went into awarding the NGEN contract means that future transitions will be easier, particularly because the Navy now has a better understanding of the program's assets. --- Amber Corrin July 30, 2013 FCW.COM 9 of training shifts USDA eld workers from paper-based surveys to a new iPad-powered system 13 hours NGEN contract re ects some risky choices To improve the way the Army pur- chases and tracks its IT equipment, of cials have announced a new pro- cess for certain IT buys. The Office of the Army CIO will assume responsibility for granting waivers to Army components seek- ing to buy commercial technologies from alternative sources. Previously, that decision rested with the Army's Computer Hardware, Enterprise Soft- ware and Solutions (CHESS) of ce. "This change will bring the Army one step closer to the goal of ensur- ing visibility and accountability of all IT expenditures throughout the Army," CHESS Program Manager Brendan Burke wrote in an Army release. The new policy also designates a sin- gle website for ling waiver requests for situations in which there is no ade- quate CHESS contract vehicle or when users require capabilities that are not part of a current CHESS contract. The policy change is part of broader efforts spearheaded by the CIO's of ce to keep track of IT acquisitions, reduce costs and improve standardization. --- Amber Corrin Army to streamline commercial IT purchases Sean Stackley The new TS IT rack with snap-in technology. Quick and easy to install. www.rittal.us/makeITeasy
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