Over the next five years, the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) will make available to businesses at least $12 billion in IT contracts, an effort the VA says is intended to modernize its operations.
That's actually a decrease from the $3.5 billion the VA currently spends in IT. A new program called Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology, or T4, is changing the way the VA acquires technology, moving away from blanket contracts that General Services Administration negotiates with tech vendors and now doing its own purchasing.
The VA has canceled several IT projects lately that have fallen short of exceptions, including a recent $500 million project intended to modernize financial management systems. At the same time, the agency is hiring IT workers, with 200 of the 1,200 IT jobs being advertised by the federal government belonging to VA-related positions.