Small firm to deliver DOD system
- By George I. Seffers
- Sep 26, 2000
A recently awarded $850 million contract provides the Defense Department
with a new system for tracking military members and dependents, and it also
propels a previously little-known company into the big-dollar spotlight.
Science &Engineering Associates (SEA) Inc. was awarded a five-year,
incrementally funded contract Aug. 31 from the Navy Information Technology
Center, New Orleans. The contract expands the Defense Integrated Military
Human Resources System (DIMHRS) program beyond the Navy Reserve, where it
began, to all services. SEA will provide management and integration services
for the progr
The objective is to track service members and their dependents
from the moment of first contact with a military recruiter to the time of
the last dependent's death. Information is gathered for a variety of purposes
through an array of existing and outdated systems. The DIMHRS program seeks
to replace some of those systems while integrating others to make the flow
of information easier.
"The first piece is pay and personnel systems, and as the program evolves,
other aspects will be rolled in," said Doug Chandler, chief operating officer
of Albuquerque, N.M.-based SEA.
The lucrative contract also means a major growth spurt for the company.
Most government small business contracts are awarded based on the number
of employees or on revenue, SEA spokesman Kevin Bovee explained.
SEA still qualifies as a small business under most employee-based criteria,
but with annual revenues approaching the $1 billion mark, SEA is no longer
small in terms of the business it does. The $1 billion revenue figure assumes
that all options are exercised for all contracts the company has received
over the past 12 months.
"This will thrust us into a pretty major role in the Department of Defense
information technology world," Chandler said.
The company's president agreed.
"This is a great day for e-business and SEA," said Bobby Savoie, president
of SEA, in a written statement. "We are excited about working with the
Navy's ITC to implement and execute their vision to support the 21st-century
The SEA contract team is composed of 23 subcontractors, including CACI
Inc., Science Applications International Corp., SEMA and 13 Louisiana-based
firms. It also includes educational and nonprofit institutions, including
California State University at San Bernadino, the Louisiana Center for Manufacturing
Sciences and the University of New Orleans.