Five firms to compete for DOD HR

The Defense Department last week selected five companies to compete for its massive initiative to create a single pay and personnel system for military personnel.

The Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, which is leading the project, issued five $1 million firm fixed-price contracts to five vendors in the first phase of the contract award.

As part of that phase, companies must formulate system plans and submit them in December. DOD officials said they will choose one vendor based on those proposals.

The Defense Integrated Military Human Resource System (DIMHRS) is expected to cost at least $500 million to build and deploy, according to Federal Sources Inc., a market research firm. It has received a great deal of attention from lawmakers and service members.

Navy Capt. Valerie Carpenter, DIMHRS program manager, said that the system will require the services to change how they handle pay and personnel processes, rather than requiring them to learn new software. DIMHRS will use PeopleSoft Inc. software under a contract that was awarded last year.

DOD officials originally planned to select three vendors that would compete for the final award, but because of the amount of interest in the project, they decided to increase the pool to five.

The vendors are Computer Sciences Corp., Falls Church, Va.; IBM Corp., Bethesda, Md.; Northrop Grumman Information Technology, McLean, Va.; Lockheed Martin Systems Integration, Owego, N.Y.; and PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, Fairfax, Va.

Officials hope to have the system fully operational by the end of fiscal 2006.

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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