Navy Blows Development Of Officer Candidate Medical Database

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | December 17, 2012

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, which manages contracts for numerous other federal agencies, failed to develop a database for the Defense Department organization that conducts medical examinations for all military officer candidates and has run over its budget by $7 million, Nextgov has learned.

In a presentation June 28, Jackie Goff, business and force portfolio manager for SPAWAR Atlantic, said the center had developed a portal for the Colorado Springs-based Defense Medical Examination Review Board, which determines the medical qualification of 50,000-plus applicants annually for appointment to a U.S. service academy, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the Reserve Officer Training Corps.

But a Defense source told Nextgov that Goff’s statement is “false . . . there has been no completed development or delivery of a Web-based portal system. The anticipated delivery date is unknown, but it certainly won’t be delivered until late 2013, if at all.” Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said in a Dec. 7 letter to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, that she has learned of problems with two separate contracts SPAWAR managed for the Medical Review Board...