As many business owners in the technology industry know, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for tech companies in support of their impending $22.3 billion IT overhaul. All RFI submissions were due on August 28th, and the VA’s Technology Acquisition Center recently held an Industry Day for upcoming bidders.
The VA has dubbed the project the Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation (T4NG) contract. The T4NG contract will be an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Multiple Award Task Order contract. For T4NG, the VA is looking for contractors to provide total IT services solutions, including the following functional areas:
- Program management
- Systems and software engineering
- Software technology demonstration and transition
- Test and evaluation
- Independent verification and validation
- Enterprise network and enterprise management framework
- Operations and maintenance
- Cyber security
- Information technology facilities
- Other solutions encompassing the entire range of IT and Health IT requirements, including software/hardware incidental to the solution
At the Industry Day for the contract, the importance of employing Veterans was stressed to potential vendors. The evaluation factors for vendors will include technical, past performance, Veterans involvement, Veterans employment, small business participation commitment, and price.
The VA announced plans to award up to 20 IDIQ contracts under T4NG, which will be good for an initial five year period, with an option for an additional five years.
The VA is reserving twelve spots strictly for small businesses. There are also eight reserved contracts for companies that are Veteran-owned, four for Veteran-owned small businesses, and four for Service-Disabled Veteran-owned small businesses.
The VA plans to release the T4NG draft request for proposals soon, with proposals due December, 2014. The announcement for awarding contracts is expected by December, 2015.
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