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Background
Veterans Technology Services (VETS), a service-disabled veteran-owned small business set-aside GWAC, encompasses the functional areas of systems operation and maintenance, and information systems engineering. VETS is designed to provide worldwide information technology solutions to federal agencies, while strengthening federal contracting opportunities for service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns.

VETS offers a way for federal agencies to achieve small business goals through purchase of Information Technology solutions from small businesses that are specifically owned by services-disabled veterans.

The VETS GWAC will assist agencies in meeting their 3 percent service-disabled veteran-owned small business goals, by providing pre-qualified industry partners in one easy-to-use contract vehicle. Service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses will, in turn, be provided with opportunities to compete amongst a smaller group of contract holders, allowing self-marketing opportunities, and a chance to develop their businesses before moving into larger acquisition environments. Specialty GWACs[1]

History

VETS is the result of Executive Order 13360 that is designed to strengthen federal contracting opportunities for SDVO firms.

  • Period of performance for the contract is February 2, 2007, to February 1, 2012, with one, five-year extension option
  • Ordering procedures based on Fair Opportunity (FAR 16.505)
  • Program ceiling - $5 billion
  • The program offers two main functional areas

-- FA 1 = Systems Operations & Maintenance -- FA 2 = Information Systems Engineering

Follow the link under note [1] in the notes section to find a full list of VETS contractors.

Federal buyers who wish to use the VETS GWAC must receive training and be granted a delegation of ordering authority prior to issuing task orders. Delegations are required by GSA's Quality Assurance Plan in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget guidelines. Delegations can only be granted to warranted Contracting Officers but all individuals involved with an order are encouraged to participate in the training.[2]

Notes

[1]From the [www.gsa.gov/vetsgwac GSA VETS Contract page].
[2]From the VETS "delegation of authority" page at GSA.

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