The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has selected Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, as one of eight companies in the large business category to participate in a five-year technology and telecommunications Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quality (IDIQ) contract designed to upgrade the department’s information technology systems. With a total ceiling value of $12 billion, the Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology (T4) contracting vehicle covers services that will streamline and modernize VA operations, including patient care delivery at more than 150 VA hospitals.
The T4 program is structured to transform the VA, including the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), into a “21st century organization” that can “meet VA’s long-term technology needs” and “provide Veterans high-quality services and health care,” according to VA officials in a Congressional notification fact sheet. Other benefits of the program include government and taxpayer savings brought about by a streamlined acquisition process that reduces contract administration and facilitates healthy competition among potential contractors.
“T4 offers the VA a carefully triaged selection of industry partners that can deliver the products and services needed to achieve top clinical, operational and financial performance,” said Jim Traficant, president, Harris Healthcare Solutions. “Harris’ ranking on the preferred VA partner list opens the door for us to deliver priority technologies and solutions to improve care delivery and benefits for our nation’s Veterans.” [Read more…]