Contractor downplays NMCI delay
- By Bill Murray
- Dec 25, 2000
Electronic Data Systems Corp. officials downplayed a month-long postponement
of the first Navy Marine Corps Intranet installation, saying that there
will be no overall NMCI schedule delays.
EDS was to have assumed responsibility for the Naval Air Systems Command's
PCs, networks, servers and help-desk management at Patuxent River, Md.,
on Dec. 15, but the date has been shifted to Jan. 12, according to Rick
Rosenburg, the company's NMCI program executive.
The delay will occur because Navy officials didn't issue a customer
satisfaction survey until Dec. 18, and they need to receive survey results
before EDS takes over management of video and data services for them, Rosenburg
said. Navy officials need that data as part of their report to Congress
To avoid schedule delays, EDS officials are trying to do work at other
Naval installations, Rosenburg said. "There will be no schedule slip," he
said. "We're mitigating risk by doing work beforehand."
During a 90-day evaluation period that begins in August 2001, the Navy
will gather and submit data to Congress about NMCI while EDS stands by.
After that, company officials will catch up on NMCI orders by the end of
fiscal 2002, Rosenburg said.
NMCI has faced delays from the outset. Navy officials wanted to award
the contract by June so that the department could start making orders by
October. But the contract wasn't granted until Oct. 6 because of repeated
requests for information from Congress.