New Iteration of VA Contract Could Surpass $12B Ceiling

Tomas OKeefe_65x85by Tomas O’Keefe, Senior Analyst

Department of Veterans Affairs recently released an RFI for the next Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology (T4) vehicle, T4 Next Generation (NG). T4 is the VA’s major systems development contract in support of general information technology (IT), health IT, and telecommunications, to include services and incidental hardware, for customer requirements that vary across the entire spectrum of existing and future technical environments. In short, T4 is one of the most important VA contracts for COTS vendors to be aware of because the current iteration has a $12B ceiling with T4 NG expected to surpass this ceiling.

Significant amounts of work have been done through the vehicle since its award in June 2011, but T4 isn’t a vehicle that COTS vendors can sell off of. Instead, what T4 represents is a wealth of systems development opportunities that products vendors should be keyed in to via relationships with the current and future T4 primes, a list of whom can be found here (on the left scroll down and click “T4 Prime POC List”). Currently, the top 3 primes by revenue are Systems Made Simple, Harris, and Booz Allen Hamilton, but most awardees do some degree of business through the vehicle. If you market your products to the VA, forming relationships with these prime vendors should be high on your list of priorities.

Now, T4 isn’t the VA’s major IT products contract – that’s nominally the Commodity Enterprise Contract, or CEC. But many VA program offices aren’t aware of CEC and don’t make use of it as their first-choice products vehicle, and thus may look to use T4 to acquire products in support of current or future systems. You can view the RFI on FedBizOpps here, and responses are due by August 28, 2014. The VA intends to release the RFP in November 2014 and award the contract in November 2015. No matter the type of COTS products you sell, you need to be aware of T4 NG and you should be reaching out to industry partners to position yourself for success at the VA for now and the future.

About Tomas O'Keefe
Tom O'Keefe has over 10 years of market research experience as an Analyst and Consultant in the federal space. He also earned an MA in Political Science from George Mason University. He has covered both civilian and defense agencies and has presented to clients ranging from junior-level associates to executives from some of the largest Systems Integrators and contractors in the federal marketplace.

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