VA plans wide-ranging IT services contract

Comments sought on draft statement of work

The Veterans Affairs Department is planning a multiple-award, task order contract to provide a broad range of information technology products and services for the department and outside agencies, according to the VA.

The program, named Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology (T4), would include hardware and software requirements that span current and future technical environments, according to a draft statement of work performance for the program. The document was included in a notice recently published on Federal Business Opportunities Web site.

The VA said it plans to award multiple task orders under the contract. T4’s basic contract is planned for a base of five years with an option to extend it for two years.

The department said T4 isn’t intended to be limited to purchasing IT products but rather could include acquisitions of hardware and software, as well as systems and technical engineering. VA said work under the contract could involve program management, strategy planning, enterprise network, cybersecurity, network and telecommunications infrastructure, as well as operations and maintenance.

The VA didn’t provide a dollar amount for the planned procurement or a date for when it plans to issue a final solicitation. However, the department is seeking comment on its draft performance work statement by Jan. 11, 2010.

In a separate move, VA announced in July that it planned to temporarily halt 45 information technology projects with a combined budget of $200 million so officials could decide whether the programs should continue. Nextgov.com reported on Dec. 2 that VA had decided to end or cut funding for 15 of those projects.

About the Author

Ben Bain is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

Reader Comments

Wed, Dec 9, 2009

The procurement process- specially when comes to small businesses participation - is definitively broken. For how long it will be able to stay this way?

Tue, Dec 8, 2009 concerned

The procurement process has become so convoluted and slow that these "new" programs are seen as remedies to the bad process. They are not. They are just more exercises. The entire buying process is broken and slows down everything in the VA. It kills innovation as well.

Tue, Dec 8, 2009 Sharon Washington DC

OMB Please Stop the madness. How much will VA charge for this fee for service vehicle? OMB why is VA allowed to have open contract for state and local govt agencies in this buy?

Tue, Dec 8, 2009 NC

Where is GSA& FPP in all this mess? Obviously they have no leadership either or this would stop.

Mon, Dec 7, 2009 Had Enough VA

Why not waste more tax dollars by releasing another useless contract vehicle? You can't blame just the government for making such decision. You need to also look at industry since there will be winners and losers. Hmmm, what vendors are marketing their products and services, and paid politicians in way of political pacs to get the contract awards?

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