VA moves forward with $12B acquisition

Agency tells companies who made the cut and who didn't

EDITOR's NOTE: This article has been updated to correct the value of the contract.

The winnowing has begun on the Veterans Affairs’ huge IT modernization contract.

The agency has begun informing bidders on who has made the cut and who hasn’t, the agency said.

The Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology contract is a five-year, $12 billion program to meet a wide range of VA’s IT modernization goals. The agency expects to award 15 contracts, including four for service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses and three for veteran-owned small businesses.

“T4 is a major tool in the transformation of VA into a 21st Century organization,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki in a statement. “These contracts will enable VA to acquire services for information technology programs that will help ensure timely delivery of health care and benefits to our Veterans.”

Companies that didn’t make the cut to round two of the competition have the option of receiving a debriefing. Other companies also may receive requests for more information to help in the selection process, VA said.

The agency didn’t release the number of contractors who failed to move on to the next round or the number still in the competition.

The market research firm Input estimated an award will be made in March.

The contract will be used to purchase a variety of services, including program management support, systems and software engineering, test and evaluation, enterprise network services, cybersecurity, training and IT facilities.

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Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

Reader Comments

Fri, Aug 19, 2011

There is so much double dipping in the VA, where can you retire after years of service ( retire from the military) and then apply for disability benefit stating you can't work due to your service connected disabilities-disabilities that have nothing to do with your military service-and conditions most people would not consider "disabilities" and collect retire pay AND over $3000.00 a month tax free in disability pay! The FOX-veterans running the VA, is watching the hen house!

Fri, Aug 19, 2011

Just like VAs fast track program! a waste of 15 million dollars . the wife of a VA bigwig who worked for IBM and got the contract, the program NEVER worked but VA employees were not allowed to say such and we had to do double work because of this program WHAT A WASTE

Wed, Mar 2, 2011 born in 48

This is another example of contract officers making things easy for themselves at the expense of the vast majority of vet-owned businesses. With this vehicle, they will only have to deal with seven vet companies, while no doubt sending the bulk of that $12billion to the big corporations. Wait, I keep forgetting, the guvment luvs small business, it is the lifeblood of America. Right.

Thu, Feb 24, 2011 steve DC

Why are you so negative? I am sure that the fat PMO consists of jolly, double-dipping veterans.

Tue, Feb 22, 2011

Is GAO ready for all the protests that will be submitted? The Dear John companies are already talking with each other comparing their letters and all have found flaws in the VA rejections. The Protesta are being drafted. The Secretary may be a nice guy but not very smart and just a pawn of the VA Bureaucrats who will never change. Remember "Veterans First" they already have forgotten them as always.

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