VA publishes draft solicitation for upcoming 'T4' IT acquisition

Veterans Affairs gears up for its Transformation Twenty-one Total Technology contract to acquire IT, telecommunications services for the department

The Veterans Affairs Department’s $12 billion solicitation for information technology services under its Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology acquisition vehicle has moved a step closer to fruition.

VA’s Technology Acquisition Center said the goal of the solicitation is to acquire IT and telecommunications services for program management and strategy planning, systems/software engineering, enterprise network, cybersecurity, operation and maintenance, and IT facility support.

VA published a draft request for proposals on May 21 indicating that it intends to award as many as 15 indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity prime contracts with a maximum total value of $12 billion over five years. Task orders will be issued on a best-value, performance-based time and materials, cost-reimbursement, or firm-fixed-price basis.

The formal RFP is expected to be published on or about June 11. Questions and comments will be accepted until June 7, and a presolicitation conference will be held June 8.

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Reader comments

Tue, Jul 27, 2010

As a veteran and in industry for 30 years, this is just another BIG WASTE of time and money...it's no wonder nothing gets done...also, just giving to SBA...too high a risk, but just to have ANOTHER procurement is even a bigger risk...there are too many already exisitng contracts avaialble for use..I agree with one statement, it costs too much money on industry for the return on investment...whether you're Big Gun or not....

Mon, Jul 26, 2010 Richard Alexandria

I agree with Steve. There are PLENTY IDIQ CONTRACTS AVAILABLE and i cannot see a real difference in using almost anyone for IT services or product procurement. If anyone can explain the nuances to me, I would certainly appreciate it. The RFP mill is quite wearing on me also.

Thu, May 27, 2010

Bravo Steve. Alliant would be perfect for this. The typical lifelong Government bureacrat will never know or appreciate the amount of costs that are incurred by private industry in responding to RFP after RFP after RFP after RFP. I'll look forward to the final RFP being released on over a major Holiday!!!

Wed, May 26, 2010 Bob Miami, FL

Why doesn't the VA contract out small businesses to deliver pieces of what they feel their "Future Architecture" should be. I get tired of seeing these projects and always seeing the same big names - Northrup Grumman, Perot Systems, etc. These guys are the Titanics of waste and non-delivery.

Tue, May 25, 2010 twins.fan

Looks like another big contract to be either outsourced to India or being fulfilled in the US by H1B Indian body shops

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