The U.S. Navy plans to consolidate commercial technologies into the service’s networks while retaining existing federal acquisition rules in a move to accelerate the information technology acquisition process, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday.
Jared Serbu writes the Navy’s program executive office for enterprise information systems will launch what it calls the innovation cell on Thursday as part of that effort.
The Navy intends for the innovation cell to provide industry with details of the service’s IT needs in order to streamline the Navy’s requirements development process, according to the report.
Dan DelGrosso, technical director for PEO-EIS, told the station the Navy will begin the process through individual conversations with mission users from across the service.
PEO- EIS will present challenge statements to vendors at an industry day in Tysons Corner, Va., the report says.
“The challenge statement is a standard template that we work on with whoever the advocate of that requirement is, whether it’s a program manager, an echelon two commander or somebody else in the fleet that needs a particular capability,” DelGrosso told Federal News Radio.
The innovation cell will then assist individual requirements owners in carrying their needs through the acquisition system, Serbu reports.
Capt. Paul Ghyzel, deputy program executive officer, told Federal News Radio the cell would also serve as a type of consumer report for managers to address capability gaps, Federal News Radio reports.