Report: VA Plans to Procure 180K Devices to Back Telework, Telehealth Operations

The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to buy 180K devices to support telehealth and telework initiatives in response to the coronavirus pandemic, FedScoop reported Friday.

Sources said the proposal to procure such devices is part of VA’s $1.2B supplemental request to Congress for its “Information Technology Systems account” as part of its COVID-19 response efforts.

VA plans to purchase 100K laptops to back telework initiatives, 50K iPads for veterans to facilitate their access to telehealth and 30K laptops in support of telehealth operations, according to sources.

The report said VA is seeking $16.6B in additional funds for fiscal 2020 to continue to support operations during the pandemic.

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