VA will replace desktop PCs in $12 million deal

VA will replace desktop PCs in $12 million deal

The Veterans Affairs Department has signed a three-year, $12 million deal with MPC Computers of Nampa, Idaho, formerly MicronPC, to install 11,500 new ClientPro desktop computers beginning next month.

The Veterans Health Administration's Sierra Pacific Network, one of 21 Veterans Integrated Service Networks and known as VISN 21, connects VA offices in northern and central California, Nevada and Hawaii. They serve 1.13 million veterans.

'This is a continuation,' said Jeff Shyshka, CIO of the VISN 21 San Francisco office. About 1,500 computers will be replaced this year in his region, the first to upgrade, Shyshka said, and about 10,000 systems eventually will be replaced. MPC will install the new systems, remove existing equipment, and destroy any data left on the old hard drives, according to VA policy.

The VA computers will continue to run Microsoft Windows 2000 and basic Microsoft applications, he said.

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