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Aug. 1 Set for Logistics RFP:<@VM>Army Eyes Outsourcing IT Office:<@VM>Navy Readies RFP for ERP:

By Nick Wakeman

The Army Communications-Electronics Command expects to release a request for proposals Aug. 1 for its Defense Acquisition Logistics Information Management System. The contract will include requirements for hardware, software, site surveys, systems integration and facility preparation.

The contract is expected to last about three years, and the competition will be full and open. The contract will be firm fixed price with services purchases through task orders. The award will be based on best value, not lowest price. The RFP will be available on the Army command's business opportunity page, abop.monmouth.army.mil.
The Army is reviewing potential contractor services to take over information management for the Community Activity Services at Fort Richardson and Fort Wainwright, both in Alaska.

Currently, five Army staffers are providing services, such as installing and maintaining personal computer hardware and software. The staffers also troubleshoot problems and maintain the software for several systems, such as the Time-Labor Management System, the Relocation Automated Information System and Financial Management Budgeting System.

The Army will use the information it gathers in its review to decide whether it should outsource the management function. The review also will identify potential bidders. The survey is available at www.usarak.army.mil/doc. Responses are due Aug. 1. The Naval Sea Systems Command is preparing a request for proposals to acquire human resource management enterprise resource planning software. The RFP should be released Aug. 2.

The software must be able to be integrated into the Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System. The software must handle at least 80,000 users in a distributed processing environment and deal with 10 million personnel records.

The Navy hopes the ERP software can bring new capabilities and reduce costs compared with the legacy applications now in use. The software will be the foundation for the Navy's effort to automate personnel and pay services. The winning vendor also will provide training and technical support.

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