VA offers IT buying services to agencies

Agencies can procure IT acquisition services through a new franchise program at the Veterans Affairs Department's Austin Automation Center in Austin, Texas.

The BuyIT.gov portal will provide end-to-end procurement and contract management services on a fee basis, said David Peterson, the program manager. Peterson is also acquisition management section chief for the automation center, which is VA's core data center.

The program's first indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract, dubbed Global IT Support Services, was an eight-year, $3 billion contract with 10 vendors of IT support services, Peterson said.

Services covered under GITSS include networking, telecommunications, systems administration, security, help desk and call center support, Web site deployment and application development. GITSS will also cover incidental hardware and software required for those services.

The 10 GITSS contractors are:
  • Centech Group Inc. of Arlington, Va.

  • Computer Sciences Corp.

  • IBM Corp.

  • Lockheed Martin Corp.

  • MacAulay-Brown Inc. of Dayton, Ohio

  • NCI Information Systems Inc. of Reston, Va.

  • Northrop Grumman Information Technology

  • Science Applications International Corp. of San Diego

  • STG Inc. of Fairfax, Va.

  • Unisys Corp.

BuyIT.gov charges a fee of 2 percent of the task order value, Peterson said.

The Austin center declared itself formally open for business in mid-January, Peterson said. Visit www.aac.va.gov/gitss for details.

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