That sinking feeling

The Defense authorization bill would require the Navy to:

    * Provide evidence that the Navy has studied alternatives to N/MCI.

    * Present a full description of how the service will pay for the program.

    * Describe how the service will handle military and civilian workers that are displaced by N/MCI.

For more of Congress' demands, go to www.fcw.com/extra.

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Congress wants the following information from the Navy:

    * Outcome-oriented performance measures.

    * A description of alternatives considered.

    * A baseline rundown of current costs for IT services.

    * Analysis of how civilian and military IT personnel would be affected by N/MCI.

    * The number of personnel who would be displaced by N/MCI and what they would do after award of N/MCI.

    * A prediction of whether a reduction in personnel would result from N/MCI.

    * A complete funding profile, including:

      - Obligated or expended funds for IT services for fiscal years 1999 and 2000, including from which accounts those funds are taken.

      - Accounts used to fund N/MCI from fiscal 2001 and through 2005.

      - Risk-assessment describing probability of achieving cost, schedule and performance goals.

      - Certification that starting in fiscal 2002 the Navy will comply with Office of Management and Budget Circular A-11.

    * OMB Circular A-11 rules:

      - Request money needed to complete each distinct phase of a project at its start, rather than asking for money year by year.

      - Describe how the project helps to fulfill strategic goals over its life cycle.

      - Identify contracting and management strategies for each program.

      - Outline how program costs and schedules will be monitored, report whether such targets are being met, and detail how errant projects will be put back on track.

Source: House version of the fiscal 2001 Defense authorization bill.

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