NARA to Bid Electronic Records Archives

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has released their Request for Proposal (RFP) for its Electronic Records Archives project. The ERA program was established to address critical issues in the creation, management, use, and preservation of electronic records. According to Government Computing News, NARA is asking vendors to submit bids by Jan. 28 for an eight-year performance based contract that could be worth up to $122 million.

A requirment is that the system ?authentically preserve and provide access to any kind of electronic record, free from dependence on any specific hardware or software.? The system also must manage the lifecycle of all records.

Prototypes from two vendors will be developed during the first year of the contract and the better of the two will be awarded the contract for the remaining seven years of the contract. All three branches of government will start to send data to the system starting in fiscal 2006.

Some of the eleven companies already signed up include Accenture LLP, IBM Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp., Northrop Grumann Corp. and Science Applications International Co. of San Diego.

ERA is directed by NARA Assistant Archivist and Chief Information Officer L. Reynolds Cahoon formerly of Bountiful, Utah.

Read more: Draft Press Release, Aug. 12, 2003 | ERA Request For Proposal (RFP) Site | ERA RFP, Dec. 5, 2003 (pdf, 218 pp.) | ERA documentation and white papers | Government Computing News

Posted by Ray Matthews on December 09, 2003 at 01:03 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | Send this story to a friend!