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cybersecurity incidents involving personally identi able information were reported by agencies in scal 2013 25.6 million April 30, 2014 FCW.COM 7 The Navy and the services contractor for its Next Generation Enterprise Net- work (NGEN) have shortened the time- line to transition to a new structure for the massive intranet. The $3.5 billion NGEN contract is a follow-on to the Navy Marine Corps Intranet deal, originally awarded in 2000. It converts the NMCI network, the larg- est outsourced federal IT program, to a government-owned system with about 400,000 seats and 800,000 users. A team of contractors led by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services will operate most of NGEN, but the Marine Corps will own and operate its portion of the network. NGEN s imple- mentation has been delayed by bid pro- tests and the government shutdown last fall, which necessitated a new transition timeline, Navy Capt. Michael Abreu said at a press brie ng in early April. According to Abreu, who is the Navy s NGEN contract manager, the contract has a 400-day transition peri- od. He and Bill Toti, HP s vice president for Navy and Marine Corps accounts, said the Navy and Hewlett-Packard will complete the transition by December under the new timeline. That would cut 88 days from the 400-day period. The new infrastructure/services model is aimed at increasing the govern- ment s operational and design control of the network, and it will give of cials better insight into costs and ef ciencies. According to Abreu, the Navy is already saving about $20 million a month com- pared to older contracts because of its more complete view of service struc- tures and pricing. --- Mark Rockwell Navy trims NGEN transition timeline Testing of IT options for the 2020 census might not be completed before the Cen- sus Bureau has to decide on the oper- ational design of the decennial count. Bureau of cials plan to make that call in September 2015. Although the agency has made prog- ress in research and testing the IT it plans to use, several of the supporting projects have neither a schedule nor a detailed plan, according to a Gov- ernment Accountability Of ce report released April 3. GAO auditors said the bureau has begun research on six IT-related projects, including a proposal to use the Internet for survey response and allowing census workers to use their own mobile devices to collect data. The goal is to have at least 60 percent of responses submitted electronically, which should drive down costs for postage, paper and staff time, Census Bureau CIO Brian McGrath told FCW late last year. But four of the six projects do not have nalized schedules, three have no plan for gauging progress, and the two projects that do have schedules are not expected to be completed until after the September 2015 decision on the census design, GAO said. GAO also criticized the Census Bureau for failing to determine which projects are the most important to com- plete before the decision on deployment must be made. "Of cials stated that they are working with project teams to determine what needs to be completed and by when to support the design decision, but as of December 2013 they had not speci- ed when this would be completed," the report states. "Without prioritizing its projects and establishing schedules and plans, the bureau risks not making a timely and well-informed design deci- sion for the 2020 census." The bureau has identi ed potential risks with its IT programs "but has not consistently developed mitigation plans for all of them," GAO auditors wrote. They recommended that the bureau set priorities for its IT-related research and testing projects and develop proj- ect schedules to re ect those priorities. The Commerce Department, of which the Census Bureau is a component, concurred with GAO s recommenda- tions and said it had already begun to address them. --- John Bicknell IT testing for 2020 census running behind schedule Join the conversation FCW uses Twitter to break news, eld questions and ask our own. Learn more at Twitter.com/FCWnow. With results like that, run amok more often! RT @seanherron: "PIFs are running amok!" - best quote ever from @FCWnow http://fcw.com/articles/2014/04/01/editorial-the-abcs-of-18f. aspx 5:45PM-2Apr2014 Lena Trudeau @ltrudeau Reply Retweet Favorite NAVY.MIL Capt. Michael Abreu
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