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FY98 Annual Report
FY98 Annual Report

NAVY STANDARD INTEGRATED PERSONNEL SYSTEM (NSIPS)


Navy ACAT IAM Program: Prime Contractor
Total Number of Systems:850Lockheed Martin
Total Program Cost (TY$):$118M 
Average Unit Cost (TY$):$0.14M 
Life cycle cost (TY$):$470MService Certified Y2K Compliant
Full-rate production:1QFY00No (Expected in 4QFY99)

SYSTEM DESCRIPTION & CONTRIBUTION TO JOINT VISION 2010

The Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) will consolidate the Navy active, reserve, and retired personnel field source data collection systems, both ashore and afloat. The objective is to produce a standard single point of entry system for all personnel and pay information. NSIPS will replace the personnel and pay functionality of four separate legacy systems: (1) Reserve Standard Training, Administration, and Readiness Support (Manpower and Personnel) System; (2) Source Data System; (3) Uniform Microcomputer Disbursing System; and (4) Diary Message Reporting System. The primary interfaces for NSIPS will be the Defense finance and accounting systems.

The architecture for NSIPS is currently in the design phase. The initial plan calls for a client-server architecture with information held at the local level and at regional data servers. A corporate-level data base for survey purposes is also envisioned. Personnel and pay transactions must first be verified by the appropriate corporate-level system before being posted on the database of record at the regional personnel offices.

Since NSIPS will help collate and collect personnel information as well as provide automated tools for data retrieval (e.g., automated search and query), NSIPS supports the Joint Vision 2010 paradigm by providing commanders with up-to-date, accessible information on the strength of their forces, hence facilitating the concept of dominant maneuver.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Prior to Milestone II (1QFY98), the program developed a prototype system to prove out the planned architecture and "user friendliness" of the graphical user interface. PeopleSoft was selected as the basic human resource software package. The software package was customized and Navy requirements were incorporated with the help of a panel of personnelists, who had experience with the legacy systems.

An operational assessment on the prototype was conducted in August and September of 1997. The assessment consisted of executing two scenarios involving an active duty sailor and a reservist, respectively. Functions exercised included accessions, gains, losses, maintenance of personnel and pay account information, and data transfer (simulated among local, regional, and corporate-level systems).


TEST & EVALUATION ACTIVITY

NSIPS is under development with in-house unit testing taking place concurrently. Formal DT is not expected until early FY99. The NSIPS program has been divided into two parts, the reserve component and the active component, both of which will be separately operationally tested and fielded. The operational testing of the reserve component increment is scheduled in May 1999 and the active component increment in July 1999. DOT&E approved a TEMP on February 20, 1998. A Milestone III decision is scheduled for November 1999.


TEST & EVALUATION ASSESSMENT

DOT&E concurred with COMOPTEVFOR's report, which concluded the prototype system points the Navy in the right direction for continued development of NSIPS. Additionally, it was concluded that the graphical user interface could be better designed to serve the Navy's needs. After OT-IA, OPTEVFOR's recommended design changes were made and the system has been greatly improved to meet the Navy's needs.

The ORD requires the new system to replace the functionality of four legacy systems. However, it does not specify how the new system will improve the business practices of Navy personnel offices. In order to conduct an adequate operational test of NSIPS, DOT&E recommends that legacy system performance data be collected at the test sites to allow a baseline comparison.


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