Navy to Require Enterprise License Agreements

The Navy is making it mandatory for all organizations and programs to use enterprise license software agreements when available.

The mandate is required in a new memo signed by the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer, the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research Development and Acquisition and the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Financial Management and Comptroller.

The enterprise license agreements will be grounded in a strong governance framework involving the financial, acquisition and IT management communities that will ensure awareness and compliance. ELAs will be developed for various software products, hardware and related services, including those procured by government purchase cards, the department said.

“The DON will leverage and adopt best practices from the private and government sectors as we seek to streamline our IT processes to maintain current or better level of operations and security, while concurrently delivering increased levels of efficiencies and cost-savings,” said Navy CIO Terry Halvorsen. “One area that we can do this is around enterprise software license agreements. These can help to eliminate overspending on software, while increasing the overall value to the DON.”


Based on analysis of DON IT spending on software, the DON CIO has identified several initial DON software enterprise licensing opportunities. The Marine Corps Enterprise License Management System Project Office will determine the projected award dates of those opportunities and submit to the DON CIO for review. Once approved, information will be posted to the DON CIO website. DON CIO will review all ELA awards.

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