Taking the MC out of NMCI

A key House committee has approved legislation that would take the Marine Corps out of much of the Navy Marine Corps Intranet program.

Under a provision of the fiscal 2002 Defense authorization bill approved Aug. 2 by the House Armed Services Committee, the Marines would be removed from NMCI.

"Due to lengthy program delays and significant questions about the Navy's funding and budgetary strategy for NMCI, the committee recommends releasing the Marine Corps from the program, excluding aviation depots and naval shipyards," the committee said.

In conjunction with those cuts, the panel cut the Bush administration's fiscal 2002 NMCI budget request by $120 million, down to $527 million.

The provision was not requested by the Marine Corps, the staff member said, but came from the committee itself. It is not known who submitted the provision.

The move surprised NMCI officials.

"Clearly, there must be some issues [for] Congress [to] believe that this is not a good idea for the Marines," said Capt. Chris Christopher, Navy Department deputy program executive officer for information technology. But he said the Navy remains confident NMCI will include the Marines.

A Marine Corps statement Aug. 3 said, "The Marine Corps remains in support of the secretary of the Navy's NMCI initiative and is working with the Navy staff to develop information to satisfy the committee's concerns and move the program forward."

About the Author

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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