VA to take bids from veteran-owned small IT businesses

The US Veteran's Administration has announced plans to award prime contracts to veteran-owned small businesses to aid in technology upgrades.

VA Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki announced a new contracting strategy to be known as Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology (T4) which is focused on giving Veteran-owned small businesses more opportunities to support VA. T4 will award up to 15 prime contracts in a program that could run up to five years. According to Shinseki, the VA will soon launch a request for proposals from firms that will help meet the VA's initiatives to update their ailing technology. From the VA site:

Awards and results will be posted on the Web and the goals for small businesses will be monitored aggressively. The T4 strategy will enable Veteran-owned small businesses to receive $800 million to $1 billion in contracts. The strategy will also give industry greater insight into VA's total IT needs, resulting in better solutions with less risk and lower costs.

Here's the link to the Veteran's Administrative site to keep an eye on T4's progress:

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