In 2006 the previous IT contracts made available to the VA (PCHS-2) reached their ceiling limit. The leadership at the VA decided that using the NASA SEWP contracts would be more cost effective and would give them more control over their contracting needs - in addition it would enable to focus on its core mission. Veterans Affairs mandated use of the NASA SEWP Contracts in memo format on June 1, 2007.
VA Use of NASA SEWP IV Contracts Read the Memo
Security Requirements for Unclassified Information Technology Resources
Contracting Officers (COs) must insert VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) clause 852.273-75, "Security Requirements for Unclassified Information Technology Resources," in all open and existing contracts that require the storage, generation, modification, transmission, or use of VA sensitive information no later than Aug 3, 2009. Further information can be located at the VA Acquisition Website: http://www1.va.gov/oamm/oa/ars/policyreg/vaar/vaar839.cfm.
Read the Requirements PDF
VA Green Purchasing
Green purchasing, also known as sustainable acquisition, helps to reduce adverse impacts to the environment,
conserve energy and other natural resources, improve public health and safety, and create new markets and jobs. VA promotes
the Federal Green Purchasing Program. Information links regarding green purchasing laws, regulations and executive orders
can be found on our Green Purchasing Mandates subpage:
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a Green Purchasing FEC Partner Webinar for you to review as a reference guide in addition to the VA Green Purchasing web page above.
Federal Green Purchasing for Electronics: EPEAT, Energy Star and FEMP
Memorandum for Senior Sustainability Officers provides answers to frequently asked questions concerning the types of electronic devices covered by EPEAT.
Note that VA policies do not allow hard drives (including those in copiers) to leave VA until the data residing on the drive is sanitized. VA orders should specify that all failed hard drives and any hard drives in equipment being returned to a contractor must first be sanitized in accordance with NIST Publication 800-88.
Updated: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008
Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)
There are currently five (5) Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) set-aside contracts in Group B on SEWP that a purchasing agency can receive small business credit for when utilizing them. These companies are: Alvarez Associates, FedStore, i3 Federal, Three Wire Systems, and ThunderCat Technology. The Department of Veterans Affairs has verified Alvarez & Associates, Fedstore Corporation, Three Wire Systems, and Thundercat Technology as SDVOSBs in their Vendor Information Page (VIP) Database. Four Points Technology (located in Group A) is also an SDVOSB, however, they were not awarded an SDVOSB set-aside contract. Please email email@example.com if you would like SEWP to provide personalized guidance based on your requirement. Alternatively, if you have questions about the capabilities or product solutions offered by one of these companies, please feel free to contact them individually to understand their offerings.