With protests behind them, the VA can now move forward on their $25 billion "VECTOR" contract for professional services.
The Veterans Affairs Department has opened a potential $25 billion professional services contract for business after a nearly year-long delay to resolve protests, an agency spokesperson has confirmed to WT.
Also known as “VECTOR,” the Veteran Enterprise Contracting for Transformation and Operational Readiness contract saw one final outstanding protest dismissed by the Government Accountability Office on Nov. 6. In that protest, MicroHealth LLC sought reconsideration of a prior protest that was also dismissed in September.
“(The) VA is moving forward with the VECTOR contract and is proceeding with the associated requirements as scheduled,” VA spokesperson Susan Carter told WT via email.
Seven companies in total protested to GAO after the VA first awarded VECTOR in October of last year to an original group of 68 service disabled, veteran-owned small businesses. The VA added seven companies to the contract one month later to grow the number of awardees to the final number of 75.
Strategic Resolution Experts Inc., Software Engineering Services Corp., Applied Development LLC, ARTi Inc., Advanced Computer Learning Company LLC and Pathfinder Consultants also filed post-award protests and saw those dismissed.
VECTOR covers a five-year base period followed by an option to extend for an additional five years.
Awardees are divided into six main task area groups for general management and business support services.