VA quietly awards Dell $476M deal for PCs
Award is a follow-on to a controversial contract
- By Henry Kenyon
- May 13, 2011
The Department of Veterans Affairs has quietly awarded a nearly half-billion dollar contract for personal computers to Dell. The notice, which appeared on the FedBizOpps website in late April, stated that the department will buy 600,000 PCs from the company for $476.6 million.
There is good reason for the reticence from the VA and Dell, reports Bob Brewin at NextGov. The contract is a follow-on to a 2007 award to Dell to lease 249,000 computers over thee years for $248 million. A 2008 report by the VA’s inspector general found that the contract had no mechanisms to ensure competitive pricing in the contract’s later years.