Navy seeks one more round of comments before releasing NGEN RFP

Friday - 3/16/2012, 7:12pm EDT

The Navy is going back to industry one more time for comments and suggestions for how best to revamp its major computer network.

The service released an updated draft request for proposals for its Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) today for transport and enterprise services.

"We have updated the RFP to reflect our responses to your feedback, along with input gleaned from government stakeholders since the initial draft release on Sept. 30, 2011," wrote Capt. Shawn Hendricks, the Navy's NEN program manager, in a letter to industry as part of the draft solicitation. "It is critical that we gain insight from our industry partners as we progress toward our goal of competing the world's largest enterprise network. Your comments will be carefully reviewed and the government's position will be reflected in the final NGEN RFP."

The Navy specifically wants industry comment in three areas:

  • Any area where the Navy is asking for a service that exceeds and will significantly drive price beyond what is normally provided by the company to the majority of the company's customers.

  • Any area where the vendor believes that there is risk to continuous network operations or network security.

  • Any area where the Navy's program office has not adequately addressed industry concerns.

Responses are due March 30.

The Navy has been working on NGEN to replace the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet since March 2010. It has delayed the final RFP twice, including most recently in December. Hewlett-Packard currently runs the NMCI Continuity of Services contract through 2014.

NGEN is expected to be worth anywhere from $3 billion to $10 billion over the length of the deal, which also could be between five and 10 years.

The Navy said in the draft RFP it expects to begin transferring services from the NMCI Continuity of Services contract to NGEN in early 2013.

"NGEN may result in one single-award 'combined' contract, inclusive of both Enterprise Services (ES) and Transport Services (TXS), or two separate single-award contracts — one for ES and one for TXS," the service wrote in the draft RFP.

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