NGEN-R contracts to be
awarded in late 2018
Michelle Ku, PEO EIS Public Affairs
On Sept. 20, the
Department of the Navy (DON) announced a six-month adjustment in the award
schedule of the Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) Re-compete (NGEN-R)
primary contracts to late 2018.
NGEN is the current contract that provides information
technology (IT) and support services to the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI)
and the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN). The two networks support Navy
and Marine Corps users in the Continental United States (CONUS) and Marine
Corps users Outside of the Continental United States (OCONUS). NGEN-R is the
follow-on contract to NGEN and will provide IT and support services to NMCI,
MCEN, and DON OCONUS users via the OCONUS Navy Enterprise Network (ONE-Net).
While NGEN is a single contract, the Navy’s future IT
acquisition strategy is to segment services into four contracts. The primary
NGEN-R contracts are:
- End User Hardware (EUHW)
covering end user hardware-as-a-service and hardware for purchase.
- Service Management,
Integration, and Transport (SMIT) covering network services, including
print services, systems integration, software core build services, service
desk and computer network defense.
Instead of awarding the EUHW and SMIT contracts by June 2018 as
originally announced, the NGEN-R acquisition schedule has been modified for
contract awards in late 2018. The EUHW contract is now slated for a November
2018 award. The SMIT contract award will be in December 2018.
The change in the acquisition schedule was driven by a number of
factors, said Capt. Don Harder, the principal deputy program executive officer
for Enterprise Information Systems (EIS). Harder is overseeing the NGEN-R
effort for the DON.
“Modifying the contract strategy from a single contract, the
current NGEN contract, to multiple contracts, incorporating service
requirements for ONE-Net into NGEN-R and a desire to buy services the way
industry sells them today are some of the items influencing the development of
the NGEN-R acquisition documents,” Harder said. “Rather than rushing to meet
the originally announced acquisition schedule, we are taking the time necessary
to properly craft the acquisition documents. By incorporating extensive
industry feedback, we have gained insights in writing language that more
accurately reflects the desired end-user experience.”
Altering the NGEN-R acquisition schedule impacts the end date of
the NGEN contract, which needs to align with the start of the NGEN-R contracts
to ensure continuity of services to NMCI and MCEN.
On Sept. 21, the Navy began the process of ensuring the
continuity of network services by posting a notice of intent to issue a sole
source contract modification to extend and align the NGEN contract to the
updated NGEN-R acquisition schedule. The contract extension will provide
continuation of all services for a period of 23 months along with 39 months of
EUHW transition services.
When the original NMCI services contract expired, the Navy
considered dividing network services into a number of awardable contract
segments. Instead of multiple contracts, a single contract, NGEN, was awarded
With NGEN-R, the Navy decided to return to the original goal of
multiple contract segments. As work began on the acquisition strategy, the Navy
considered the potential for as many as six contracts.
As the government met with industry to discuss capabilities,
network enhancements and potential contract segmentation, the acquisition
strategy matured and the number of potential contract segments was reduced to
four: EUHW, SMIT, commercial cloud hosting services and productivity services.
The Navy has already awarded cloud contracts. For productivity services, the
Navy intends to leverage the upcoming Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)
Defense Enterprise Office Solution (DEOS) contract vehicle.
“Separating IT services into multiple contracts provides us an
opportunity to take advantage of industry best practices which make management,
financial, and competitive sense,” Harder said. “Additionally, the multiple
contracts will benefit the Navy through enhanced capabilities and services from
multiple, cost-competitive bids.”
Industry participation is a critical piece in the NGEN-R
acquisition approach for EUHW and SMIT. Involving industry in the early stages
of developing the requirements and drafting the acquisition documents will lead
to comprehensive and practical, performance work statements (PWS) and requests
for proposals (RFP).
To date, industry participation in the development of NGEN-R includes:
Meetings with more
than 40 vendors between July 2015 and May 2016.
Three Industry Days
(November 2015, May 2016 and January 2017) .
Opportunity to respond
to numerous requests for information and hundreds of pages of draft acquisition
documents including a draft PWS for both EUHW and SMIT.
conference calls since August 2017.
Held 28 one-on-one
Navy/industry question-and-answer sessions in September 2017.
The DON also plans to hold an Engineering Day to answer detailed
technical questions from industry.
The adjustment in the NGEN-R award schedule allows for the
implementation of a new “sprint” contract development process that allows the
DON to rapidly release draft acquisition documents to industry for feedback on
an incremental basis as they are developed. In a traditional acquisition
process, industry would only see completed draft PWSs and RFPs, which limits
the government’s ability to incorporate feedback while working to maintain the
“The increased industry interaction encourages and promotes
industry feedback early in the process to assist us in developing better
acquisition documents,” Harder said. “The iterative document reviews give
industry an opportunity to understand the capabilities the Navy and Marine
Corps are seeking and it provides us with insight regarding industry’s ability
to provide what we are requesting.”
NGEN-R, which builds on the NGEN contract, is designed to be
more cost efficient while ensuring innovation, continued security and a faster
migration to cloud services.
Additional capabilities the Navy and Marine Corps expect from
the NGEN-R contracts include:
such as enterprise Internet Protocol (IP) based voice, video and collaboration
productivity services and application hosting.
infrastructure technology refresh and modernization aimed at providing
Convergence of ONE-Net
and NMCI services into the NGEN-R operating model.
The Navy wanted to include many of these requirements in the
original NGEN contract, but at the time the capabilities were not mature
enough. Four years later, industry has evolved those services.
“The capabilities and network services that will be acquired
through NGEN-R will revolutionize and transform the working environment for
Navy and Marine Corps users with additional flexibility and cloud capabilities
while providing the DON with more affordable IT solutions,” Harder said.
Another major change between the NGEN and NGEN-R family of
contracts is the inclusion of ONE-Net services in the contract.
Historically, the Navy has purchased network services for NMCI,
the network in the continental United States and Hawaii, and ONE-Net, the
network that provides global voice, video and data connectivity at bases and
piers located OCONUS, through separate contracts.
With NGEN-R, the Navy will provide IT services for both networks
through a single contract vehicle.
“Incorporating NMCI and ONE-Net services into the same contract
will drive standardization of network infrastructure, services and processes,”
Harder said. “Additionally, this step will enable and position the Navy for the
eventual merger of the two networks sometime in the future.”
Under NGEN-R, NMCI and ONE-Net will continue to operate as two
separate networks for the foreseeable future. The timing of the creation of a
single Navy network has not yet been determined.
To ensure the successful award of the NGEN-R family of contracts
without any gaps in network service, the Navy and Marine Corps needs to extend
the NGEN contract.
Negotiations to extend the NGEN contracts will begin in October
following the legally mandated notice period for a sole source contract action.
Negotiating and executing the extensions may take several months to complete.
The DON anticipates negotiating a contract extension that would
provide up to 23 months of continued network services along with up to 39
months of EUHW transition services for the Navy and Marine Corps. The
additional time is necessary to ensure continuity of network services while
providing time for the transition from one contract vehicle to another. The
EUHW transition services extension allows the current vendor to complete the
refresh cycle on the Navy’s workstations during the transition to the vendor on
the NGEN-R contract.
“Maintaining our current
level of service while including additional capabilities that will transform
the working environment for Navy users in the NGEN-R acquisition documents and
getting it at the same or decreased cost is a complex and difficult task,” Harder
said. “This is our one chance to get it right.”
Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems
The Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) oversees
a portfolio of enterprise-wide information technology (IT) programs designed to
enable common business processes and provide standard IT capabilities to
Sailors at sea, Marines in the field and their support systems. Established in
the spring of 2006, the PEO ensures these programs maximize value to the
warfighter by balancing cost with the capability delivered to the end user.
Naval Enterprise Networks
The Naval Enterprise Networks (NEN) Program Office manages the acquisition
life-cycle of the Department of the Navy’s (DON) enterprise-wide information
technology (IT) services, networks and service delivery. NEN’s network
portfolio includes the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) and the Base Level
Information Infrastructure (BLII) for the Outside of the Continental United
States (OCONUS) Navy Enterprise Network (ONE-Net). The NEN service portfolio
includes services and functions aligned with network, enterprise, cybersecurity
and end user hardware service areas.
The NGEN Re-compete (NGEN-R) activity is being planned and
executed on behalf of PEO EIS.
Navy Marine Corps Intranet
The Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) is the Department of the Navy’s (DON)
shore-based enterprise network in the continental United States and Hawaii,
providing a single integrated, secure information technology (IT) environment
for reliable, stable information transfer. NMCI represents about 70 percent of
all DON IT operations and is second only to the Internet in size. NMCI
revolutionized the way the DON does business in both classified and
unclassified environments. It brought standardization to network operations,
data security, technical support and real-time communications across every
level of the Navy and Marine Corps by establishing common hardware, software
and operating systems. As a result, the DON achieved: Increased productivity,
greater interoperability and enhanced Information Assurance (IA)
Next Generation Enterprise Network
The Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) is the current DON
enterprise-wide information technology (IT) services contract vehicle used to
provide network services to the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) and the
Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN). The NGEN contract was awarded on June
27, 2013 and has a period of performance end date of June 26, 2018.
Next Generation Enterprise Network Re-compete
The Next Generation Enterprise Network Re-compete (NGEN-R) is the follow-on to
the current NGEN contract. NGEN-R will provide enterprise-wide information
technology (IT) services to the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI), Marine Corps
Enterprise Network (MCEN), and the Outside of the Continental United States
Navy Enterprise Network (ONE-Net).