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NGEN is the follow-on contract to the NMCI effort that was awarded to EDS (now HP EnterpriseServices) back in 2001.
There is currently a bridge contract in place between NMCI and NGEN called the Continuity of Services Contract (CoSC). This is also held by HP ES.
NGEN will carry on the work of NMCI/CoSC building an enterprise network that providessecure, net-centric data and services to Navy and Marine Corps personnel.
The goals of the effort include operating and maintaining the NMCI network, ensuring continuedinformation assurance (IA) capabilities, providing Government Command and Control,maintaining continuity of service, and laying the groundwork for the Naval Network Enterprise(NNE) 2016
Current Navy estimates of the ceiling value run up to $14.5B.
The stated RFP release date is December 21, 2011.
Navy has been adamant about meeting this deadline.
Industry Day October 28, 2011
Reagan Building in Washington, DC
We currently anticipate awards will be made no later than 4QFY12
Awards and Competition
There is confusion surrounding the potential number of awards and what they will be awarded for.
NGEN has garnered a LOT of attention from Congress and the GAO. Potential cost is of coursea concern, but the acquisition strategy being used by Navy is also getting attention.
Our understanding of acquisition strategy is that there are two segments to the procurement -Enterprise Services (ES) and Transport Services (TXS).
Offerors may submit proposals for one segment, for both segments, or they may submit acombined proposal.
The Navy intends to make an award to either a single Offeror or combination of Offerorsthat results in the lowest total combined price for both segments among technicallyacceptable proposals.
This should result in the award of two (ES and TXS) or one (combined ES and TXS)single award Indefinite Delivery/ Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) Firm Fixed Price (FFP)contracts.
Potential OCI has not been clarified to this point, making it difficult for vendors todevelop a clear bidding strategy.