Significant VA Contract Vehicle Up for Recompete: T4NG

Published: October 08, 2014

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If you want to do business with VA, don’t ignore Transformation Twenty One Total Technology Program Next Generation (T4NG). With a ceiling value just over $22 billion, T4NG is expected to be a vital vehicle for the purchase of IT solutions within the VA.

Program Snapshot:

Title:  Transformation Twenty One Total Technology Program Next Generation (T4NG) 

Description:  Contractor-provided solutions in support of IT, health IT, and telecommunications, to include services and incidental hardware/software, for customer requirements that vary across the entire spectrum of existing and future VA technical environments.

Period of Performance:  Five-year base with one five-year option period

Number/Type of Awardees:  Up to 20.  Four awards will be reserved for SDVOSB contractors and four awards will be reserved for VOSB concerns.  Four awards will also be reserved for Women Owned Small Business concerns and/or HUBZone Small Business concerns.

Award Basis:  Best value

RFP Release:  On or about November 2014

Proposals Due:  On or about December 2014

Contract Award:  On or about December 2015

The current T4 vehicle is the second most utilized program by VA behind the SEWP contracts.  Although current spending to date by VA on T4 ($2.4 billion) amounts to only 20% of the ceiling value, it represents a significant portion of overall VA IT spending.  Over 400 task orders have been awarded to date with average spending per task order of $5 million.  Over 40% of the task orders awarded had three or less bids submitted.  12% of the tasks awarded had only one bid submitted.  T4 contracts expire June 30, 2016.

At a procurement industry day earlier this week, the T4NG contracting officer announced that a portion of the evaluation criteria will be based on veteran employment.  Evaluation factors will include technical, past performance, veterans’ involvement, veterans’ employment, small business participation commitment, and price.  The resulting contracts will also hold aggressive small business participation goals, as well as notably longer performance periods than their predecessor contracts, with five year bases and five year option periods. 

T4NG is anticipated to be one of the preferred methods for buying IT solutions for the VA.  Contractors doing business with the VA or targeting VA work, should consider positioning themselves on this new vehicle.