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Navy looks to accelerate NGEN transition

Feb. 11, 2014 - 03:45AM   |  
By NICOLE BLAKE JOHNSON   |   Comments
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The NGEN contract will provide mobility services, among other network capabilities. (Lance Cpl. David Flynn / U.S. Marines)
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Contract delays and a subsequent protest of the Navy’s Next Generation Enterprise Network have forced department officials to evaluate their options for ensuring continuity of service without major disruptions.

The Navy is in discussions with NGEN vendor HP to accelerate transition to the new contract, said Ed Austin, a public affairs officer with the Navy Department's PEO for Enterprise Information Systems.

Meanwhile, the Navy has been operating under a Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) Continuity of Services Contract (CoSC) until NGEN is in place. The bridge contract was awarded to continue providing information technology services after the original NMCI contract ended in 2010.

In June, the Navy awarded incumbent vendor HP a potential five-year, $3.5 billion contract to develop NGEN and begin a 13-month transition period to the new contract. But the transition was delayed by a protest from Harris. The Government Accountability Office denied the protest in late October.

Those delays have prompted the Navy to look into extending its continuity of services contract with incumbent vendor HP, which would increase the value by $138 million to $5.7 billion. In a Feb. 7 notice the Navy said it intends to once again extend the CoSC contract, this time until Sept. 30.

“When it became clear that the NMCI CoSC period of performance was out of alignment with the NGEN transition schedule because of the protests..., the government initiated efforts to extend the NMCI CoSC,” Austin said.

For the Navy, NGEN will be government-owned and contractor-operated, while the Marine Corps will have a government-owned and government-operated model with contractor support. The department is still in the process of buying the technology from HP.

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