VA quietly awards Dell $476M deal for PCs

Award is a follow-on to a controversial contract

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.

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Reader Comments

Fri, May 20, 2011 Old Vet DC

You know why VA made this award quietly? Because they didn't use any type of Service Disabled Vendor preference in the award. They had other offers at less thant 10% higher than what they awarded to Dell that would have been managed entirely by service disabled veteran owned companies and shose to go directly with a large manufacturer. Everyone knows that Dell's subcontracting plans are a joke and they will send out any tech to install in order to save a buck... veteran owned company or not. This is complete BS.

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