DHA makes first awards under $1.4B workforce, tech transformation vehicle

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The Defense Health Agency chooses an initial slate of winners for a $1.43 billion contract vehicle to build an infrastructure to more quickly develop commercial-like health technologies.

The Defense Health Agency has awarded the first in what is likely to be a pair of contracts to develop commercial-like health care solutions better and more quickly.

Group number one of awards for DHA's Workforce 3.0 initiative has a ceiling of $1.43 billion and went to six companies. The contract runs through January 2028, the Pentagon said Friday.

Awardees will support the entire DHA workforce in developing what the agency calls “world-class technology.”

DHA wants the contractors to help its workforce develop high quality products that would be competitive in the commercial health-care market.

A second contract is expected to go to a single company that will focus on systems integration and program management functions.

We explored the development of this contract in an article in March 2021. DHA has pursued an innovative procurement approach that relied on more open communications with industry. In the beginning it worked with Dcode to bring in more commercial procurement practices to DHA and now is working with CloudPareto. DHA developed the Health Information Vision Exchange, or HIVE, as a platform for communicating and collaborating with industry.

Awards in this first phase went to three large businesses:

  • BCG Federal Corp.
  • Capgemini Government Solutions
  • Deloitte Consulting

These three small businesses also won positions:

  • Blue Clarity LLC
  • Edera L3C
  • Optimal Strategix Group Inc.