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Naval Postgraduate School Mainframe Procurement 1990: A Case Study
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis is a case study which reviews the chronological events surrounding the Naval Postgraduate Schools NPS 1990 mainframe computer procurement. The focus is on the issues which resulted in a protest in 1989 by PacifiCorp Capital, Inc., a systems integrator in the high-technology computer industry. The protest led to a one year delay in which NPS was required to start the procurement process over from the beginning. The major finding is that requesting agencies seldom make major automated data processing equipment ADPE procurements and, as a result, may not be fully informed of market trends and industry policies. This can lead to personnel unfamiliar with the current trends in an ever-changing procurement system. Major recommendations include restructuring the procurement process to include extensive training for activities procuring ADPE an emphasizing a Navy philosophy of procuring the best-value acquisition that industry has to offer.
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