Navy Looking to Start Enterprise IT Contracts

The Department of Navy is aiming to save 25 percent of its information technology budget within five years through enterprise deals with information technology  manufacturers.

Terry Halvorsen, DoN chief information officer, told Federal News Radio the Navy wants to reach agreements with any of the 15 IT manufacturers it is currently negotiating with.

Halvorsen estimated the department, which includes the Marine Corps, could save $100 million over the next five years through the agreements.

Included in the department’s checklist are Cisco, Symantec, Adobe, IBM, HP, Oracle and VMware.

DoN has not announced the start of the enterprise contracts.

In a Feb. 22 memo, Halvorsen; Gladys Commons, the assistant secretary of the Navy for financial management and comptroller; and Sean Stackley, the Navy’s assistant secretary for research, development and acquisition, mandated Navy and Marine Corps personnel purchase IT through enterprise contracts.

Software, some hardware and services using enterprise-wide licenses are covered in the memo.

Halverson’s office must approve technology purchases more than $500,000, according to Federal News Radio.

Halvorsen, Navy Deputy CIO Vice Adm. Kendall Card and Marines Corps CIO Brig. Gen. Kevin Nally must sign a waiver if commands wish to make purchases through another contracting vehicle.

In 2004, the Office of Management and Budget and General Services Administration secured 38 government-wide enterprise contracts under the Smartbuy Initiative.

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