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VA Inspector General Office Audits IT Contract Vehicle; Recommends Strengthened Policy

Jeff Brody

The Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of the Inspector General released results of an audit on VA's information technology procurement vehicle. VA OIG said Thursday that it sought to verify the department's compliance with federal regulations in managing the Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation or T4NG contract. In addition, the audit worked to determine whether VA's Technology Acquisition Center helped contractors meet requirements and awarded orders with respect to policy. 

Awarded in 2016, T4NG is a potential 10-year, $22.3 billion contract for a wide range of IT services including software engineering, cybersecurity and program management from across 28 awardees. VA awarded $9.8 billion in T4NG orders as of December 2018, according to the department's electronic contract management system.

The audit identified multiple contracting deficiencies within VA's procurement management and contracting processes for IT tasks and deliveries. Contracting officers did not consistently administer task orders, according to the audit.

VA OIG recommends TAC to list the requirements that contracting officer's representatives would follow in conducting performance assessments and reviewing the acceptability of deliverables. The inspection office also advises TAC to take various actions in support of policy compliance and financial risk management.

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