Anchors aweigh.Imagine a symposium attended by several hundred thats dedicated to a single contract. Then youll have a picture of the recent gathering in New Orleans that was dedicated to the largest outsourcing deal ever, the Navy Marine Corps Intranet project. Senior Editor Caron Carlson attended the conference and reports the tone was upbeat, but should it have been? The NMCI contract "is not for the faint of heart. ... Its not one for those who cant take a joke. ... Its not one for those who cant take a loss. ... Its not one for those who cant hang in there. ... Youre going to be very proud of this program in the end." Those statements come from Carons notes on the presentation by retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Al Edmonds, president of EDS Government Solutions.
When the deal was first struck, lawmakers questioned whether a contract this large could be managed on time and on budget. Now, we find out its not for the faint of heart. Another fact that should be raising taxpayer blood pressure is that the contract has been shuffled under the purview of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities of the House Armed Services Committee. Maybe thats where Edmonds recommendation about taking a joke comes in.