GSA to issue vets GWAC

GSA VETS site

Disabled veterans who own businesses will soon be able to compete for a new contract that General Services Administration officials are creating just for them. The governmentwide acquisition contract will be called Veterans Technology Services, or VETS, and will be available to veterans who were disabled in the line of duty.

President Bush directed GSA officials to create such a contract in a 2004 executive order. GSA officials have submitted a business case to the Office of Management and Budget for the 10-year contract with a $5 billion ceiling. Officials plan to issue the request for proposal this spring and to award the contract in 2006.

The GWAC will have two functional areas: information systems engineering and systems operations and maintenance.

"We believe that serving those who have served the nation so ably is the right thing to do," said GSA Administrator Stephen Perry in a statement.

GSA's Small Business GWAC Center in Kansas City, Mo., will manage the VETS procurement. Brad Scott, GSA Heartland Regional Administrator, is also the designated GSA senior official for service disabled veteran matters.

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