The Veterans Affairs Department has announced which companies will share a $22.3 billion contract to overhaul the VA's information technology platform.
Among the recipients are major consultants Booz Allen Hamilton of Red Bank, N.J., Accenture Federal Services of Arlington, Va., and IBM of Bethesda, Md. One small healthcare IT company, Ellumen of Arlington, was also awarded part of the contract.
It is part of the Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation acquisition program, known as T4NG, which supports the My VA initiative to improve the agency's coordination and services. The project does not replace the VA's proprietary VistA EHR system used at its more than 1,500 hospitals and clinics.
“This T4NG award is one of the many ways the Department is supporting the MyVA breakthrough initiatives by directly providing the technology that our Veterans need to support the services they receive from VA,” VA Secretary Robert McDonald said in a statement. “The T4NG will help meet and strengthen VA's long-term technology needs.”
A total of 21 contracts were awarded. Ten were to service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses, nine to large businesses and two to other small businesses.