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VA details API-first platform

The Department of Veterans Affairs is kicking its application programming interface initiative into high gear.

In an Aug. 23 request for quotes, the VA said it is looking for a contractor to design, develop and maintain various aspects of the VA API platform, support the VA API Gateway, maintain a developers' portal and deploy the APIs into the VA's enterprise cloud.

The development and operations contract calls for agile, cross-functional teams to work with VA staff  to "prioritize, build, operate and iterate" on APIs across the VA. The work would include not only creating new APIs, but also refactoring existing ones, working with other teams to improve their APIs or expose their data, monitoring performance and  marketing the APIs.

The comprehensive contract would include project and product management, human-centered design, iterative development, standards enforcement, automated testing, metrics reporting, automated monitoring and continuous integration/continuous delivery for the APIs and the API Gateway.

VA's API-first strategy aims to deliver high-quality, platform-agnostic digital experiences that match what users have come to expect from the private sector. It calls for all VA digital services to be powered by a single set of APIs, which will also be exposed to third parties for building products and applications on top of VA services and data.

Responses are due Sept. 6. Read the full RFQ here.

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