NMCI legacy review streamlined

The Navy is finalizing a process for streamlining the examination of scores of legacy systems that must be reviewed before they become part of the Navy Marine Corps Intranet.

EDS, the lead vendor for NMCI, also is checking the process it uses to review those legacy systems.

Legacy systems have been the largest bugaboo for the $6.9 billion initiative to create a single network across the Navy's shore-based sites. The Navy has thousands of systems that must be reviewed before they can be shifted to the new network. The legacy systems must be tested to ensure that they do not interfere with NMCI operations and that they meet NMCI security requirements.

"Clearly the processes we have had in place...are not adequate," Capt. Chris Christopher, NMCI deputy director for plans, policy and oversight, said May 15.

The former legacy review process was slowed by questions about certain applications. The new process will put those applications onto a kiosk system and officials will resolve the questions later, said Rick Rosenberg, EDS' NMCI program executive.

NMCI and EDS officials acknowledge that the faster review processes will increase the number of applications that will be put onto the kiosk system — a standalone, stovepiped network separate from NMCI.

The cost of those kiosk systems running the noncertified applications is EDS' responsibility. However, EDS and the Navy are negotiating how long kiosks will remain an EDS cost, Rosenberg said.

"The Navy is developing policies for how long you can maintain a kiosk," Christopher said.

Following the May 3 decision by Pentagon officials to go forward with NMCI, the Navy and EDS are under pressure to roll out seats at a much faster rate. Rear Adm. Charles Munns, NMCI's director, has said that the goal is to have all 400,000 NMCI seats rolled out by December 2003.

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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