IG: Air Force wireless project over budget

DOD's inspector general recommends reorganizing, recompeting wireless network project

A project to expand wireless networks at Air Force sites is over budget and has not been managed properly, according to a recent report from the Defense Department’s inspector general.

The project’s program management office failed to develop an acquisition plan, a realistic cost estimate or a realistic schedule, according to a report made available Jan. 16. Because of those failures, the first 11 sites completed cost $3.8 million more than the initial contract specified, and $16.8 million more than the original estimate, according to the report.

Thirteen other sites in progress are $3.5 million over budget and $19.4 million more than the initial estimate, the report stated.

The project, named the Second Generation Wireless Local Area Network, will provide classified and unclassified wireless services for buildings at 97 Air Force sites.

The IG recommended that Air Force officials terminate the existing contract and award new competitive contracts for site surveys and installation. The IG also recommended that DOD’s under secretary for acquisitions and technology provide oversight and approval for the contracting strategy for the new competition.

The original $1.6 million core contract was awarded to General Dynamics Government Systems in 2005, according to the report. Air Force officials increased the value of the contract to more $144 million.

About the Author

Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.

Featured

  • Telecommunications
    Stock photo ID: 658810513 By asharkyu

    GSA extends EIS deadline to 2023

    Agencies are getting up to three more years on existing telecom contracts before having to shift to the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions vehicle.

  • Workforce
    Shutterstock image ID: 569172169 By Zenzen

    OMB looks to retrain feds to fill cyber needs

    The federal government is taking steps to fill high-demand, skills-gap positions in tech by retraining employees already working within agencies without a cyber or IT background.

  • Acquisition
    GSA Headquarters (Photo by Rena Schild/Shutterstock)

    GSA to consolidate multiple award schedules

    The General Services Administration plans to consolidate dozens of its buying schedules across product areas including IT and services to reduce duplication.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.