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for AFCEA. Technology Acquisition Center Overview. January 17, 2013. Wendy McCutcheon Associate Executive Director Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Acquisition Operations Technology Acquisition Center. Topics. Mission Statements & VA Focus What Makes the TAC Unique

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Technology Acquisition Center


  • January 17, 2013
  • Wendy McCutcheon
  • Associate Executive Director
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Office of Acquisition Operations
  • Technology Acquisition Center
  • Mission Statements & VA Focus
  • What Makes the TAC Unique
  • What the TAC Buys
  • Organizational Structure
  • Yearly Obligations
  • Veteran-Owned & Small Business Performance
  • Innovative and Essential Contracting
  • VA Innovations Initiative (VAi2)
  • Upcoming Acquisitions
  • “ TAC Gives Back ”
  • TAC Future & Industry

VA Mission Statement

To fulfill President’s Lincoln’s promise,

“To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans”


VA Focus

  • A commitment to increase Veterans access to VA benefits and services
  • A commitment to eliminate the backlog in compensation claims in 2015
  • A commitment to end Veteran homelessness in 2015.
tac mission statement
TAC Mission Statement

“ The Technology Acquisition Center (TAC) is dedicated

to providing acquisition and program management

expertise and support for life cycle managementof

enterprise-wide solutions in information and technology

for the VA’s Office of Information and Technology (OIT).

The TAC is staffed with highly experienced acquisition

and program management professionals who can

provide OIT with procurement vehicles that enable

OIT to execute it’s vital mission.”


what makes the tac unique
What Makes the TAC “Unique”
  • Established in March 2009 to provide dedicated acquisition

support to the Office of Information & Technology (OIT)

  • Leveraging the availability of highquality personnel

resulting from Fort Monmouth BRAC

  • Big “A” Acquisition…
    • Contracting Functions
    • Requirement and Package Refinement
    • Programmatic Expertise and Assessment
        • Co-located with Office of General Council (OGC) and OIT
        • Total Staffing: 189/265 (TAC-NJ & TAC-Austin)
what the tac buys
What the TAC Buys











tac organizational structure
TAC Organizational Structure


Executive Director

Technical Advisor

Competition Manager

Deputy Associate

Executive Director

Customer Liaison

Procurement Service A

Procurement Service C



Acquisition Rapid Response Service (ARRS)


Service - Austin

Procurement Service B

Program Advisory Service (PAS)


TAC Service Areas

    • Contracting Officers & Contract Specialists
    • Informed/Experienced with Variety of Contract Types
    • Soliciting, Negotiating, Writing, Closing Contracts
    • Analysts and Business Systems Specialists
    • Electronic tools (VOA/Reverse Auction/Reporting)
    • Policy/Training/Budget/Manpower/Small Business
    • Procurement Coordinators/Computer & Electrical Engineers
    • Subject matter expertise in developing/refining acquisition reqmt docs
    • Train Customers; Develop Templates; Improve Quality and Timeliness
    • Program Managers/Engineers/Business Resource Specialists
    • Life Cycle Program Management & Long Term Acq Planning
    • Support Major Initiatives; Systems Engineering Focused
yearly obligations
Yearly Obligations







(as of Jan 4)

(as of Jan 4)

Source: FPDS


Innovative and Essential Contracting

Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology (T4)is an enterprise contractual solution covering a wide range of IT services, including program management and strategy planning, systems and software engineering, enterprise networks, cyber security, operation and maintenance

  • T4 Yearly Obligations
  • T4 Small Business Performance (FY11-13)

Innovative and Essential Contracting

Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology (T4)


‘The Government reserves the right to add SDVOSB and/or VOSB

concerns as prime contractors, if any SDVOSB and/or VOSB

T4 prime contractors no longer qualify as SDVOSB or VOSB concerns

because they are acquired by a non-SDVOSB or non-VOSB concern.’

  • RFP Step One Release: Jan 15, 2013
  • Step One Proposals Due: Jan 24, 2013
  • RFP Step Two Release: Apr 2013
  • Step Two Responses Due: May 2013
  • Contract Award: Jul 2013
  • (Above Subject to Change)
  • The Government anticipates awarding one, and reserves
  • the right to make additional awards, to verified SDVOSB
  • or VOSB Prime concern(s).
  • SDVOSBs and VOSBs will be given the opportunity
  • to compete
  • Award will be made on a best value basis
  • Evaluation Factors will include:
    • Technical, Veterans Involvement, Past Performance,
    • Small Business Participation Commitment and Price

Innovative and Essential Contracting

Commodity Enterprise Contract (CEC)is an enterprise contractual solution to acquire state of the art, fully qualified, interoperable, compatible, and deployable hardware and software solutions.

  • CEC commercial IT hardware and ancillary services will include laptops, mobile tablets, servers, switches/routers, storage arrays/storage appliances, security platforms, installation services, warranty support, etc.
    • Awarding of up to three (3) contracts using a Small Business Set-Aside acquisition strategy, to include one ‘reserve’ award to a SDVOSB
    • Each of the IDIQ multiple award contracts will have a 5-yr base ordering period
    • Proposal evaluations/discussions ongoing
    • Award Forecast o/a 2nd Qtr FY13
  • CEC PhaseII – Still in planning stages
  • CEC Ordering Portal Development
    • RFP Issued: Jan 9, 2013
    • Proposals Due: Jan 25, 2013

Innovative and Essential Contracting

Interagency Electronic Health Record (iEHR)is a single electronic medical record from the time a soldier enlists until their death, and will also provide common electronic medical applications and a common service bus for clinicians within DoD and VA.

  • Joint DoD and VA program that will be the world’s largest electronic

health record system encompassing millions of beneficiaries

  • Overall cost of entire project over next 5 years is approximately $3B
  • Pharmacy Solution module
    • Draft PWS in development; Posting to FBO o/a 2nd Qtr FY13
    • Acquisition milestones forecast pending approval of waiver authorizing VA to conduct acquisition under joint VA-DoD iEHR program

VA Innovations Initiative (VAi2)

  • 2012 VAi2
  • 7 New Actions are planned against the FY12 BAA
    • FY13 Budget: $11.5M
  • Topics included:
    • Virtual 311 for Veterans
    • VA Mobile eBenefits
    • Multi-modality Portable Systems for Pressure Ulcer Prevention & Care
    • Maternity Data Share
    • Continuous Pressure Mapping for Wheelchair
    • Maternity Tracker
    • VA Pressure Ulcer Resource (VA PUR) Mobile Application
  • 2013 VAi2
  • Release of FY13 BAA expected early in 3rdQtr FY13
  • Topics have not been determined yet
  • Interested parties should monitor posting at both:
    • FedBizOpps
    • VAi2 Website (

Upcoming TAC Acquisitions

  • Oracle Enterprise Agreement
    • Renewal of enterprise agreement for new licenses and

maintenance/support of existing Oracle software products

utilized across the VA enterprise

    • Acquisition package currently being refined
    • Request for Information (RFI) posted: Jan 15, 2013; Responses Due: Feb 10, 2013
    • Solicitation release currently forecasted o/a April 2013
    • Award currently forecasted o/a May 2013
  • Enterprise Voice System Pilot
    • Re-scoped effort from the FY12 Voice as a Service (VaaS) acquisition
    • Integration of 3 pilot sites to an intelligence core for telephony
    • Acquisition package currently being refined
    • Request for Information (RFI) issued: Jan10, 2013; Responses Due: Jan 24, 2013
    • Solicitation issue currently forecasted o/a March 2013
    • Award currently forecasted o/a May 2013
  • Next Generation Content Distribution Network (CDN)
    • To upgrade the current CDN and address proposed solutions for 1) delivery of on-demand CDN videos to employee desktops; 2) delivery of live VA Knowledge Network (VAKN) broadcasts; and 3) replacement of current CDN web portal app.
    • Request for Information (RFI) issued: Jan 8, 2013; Responses Due: Feb 15, 2013
    • Solicitation Release is currently forecasted in FY14 or early FY15

“TAC Gives Back”

TAC employees volunteer outside of work hours to participate in various charitable events that support active duty service members, Veterans and their families.

Events participated in:

  • Veteran Stand Down Day (North Jersey)
  • Clothing drive for homeless Veterans
  • Wii Tournament (Lyons Long Term Care)
  • Bingo at Menlo Park (Veterans Home)
  • Adopted a Platoon

Donated to Non-Profit Organizations in:

  • Suits for Vets
  • Dix Soldier and Family Assistance Center
  • Fisher House
  • Homes for Our Troops
  • Troopers Assisting Troops


  • Plant Sales
  • Dress Down Days

TAC Future & Industry

  • Long Term Enterprise Contracts
  • Continued Interaction with our Industry Partners
  • Industry Participation and Feed Back is Critical to VA Success!












National Vets