Veterans Affairs awards contract for new HR system

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The Veterans Affairs Department has awarded IBM a 10-year, $123 million contract to replace the agency’s 50-year-old human resources application with a new software-as-a-service model.

Under the contract, IBM will build, operate and maintain the new system that will be deployed across the enterprise and allow VA to better manage its workforce.

The system will provide enhancements such as new self-service options for VA managers and employees, IBM said.

“IBM is proud to partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs to support its critical mission of helping veterans,” said Anne Altman, general manager of U.S. Federal for IBM. “The VA’s human resources system will provide a more flexible, stable and capable system to meet the evolving needs of the agency and its thousands of employees. The VA’s greatest asset is its people, and this new HR system will bolster the agency’s mission to provide care and benefits for our nation’s veterans and their families. ”

IBM will provide implementation services, as well as management and maintenance services for the new system over the course of the contract.

The new HR system, which will serve more than 300,000 department employees, is expected to be implemented by the end of 2015.

IBM said a phased deployment strategy will be initiated in January 2014 following design, development and testing of the new HR application.

IBM’s HR solution is built using Oracle PeopleSoft, Monster Government Solutions and IBM Software products including IBM Rational, IBM InfoSphere and IBM Tivoli.

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Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Departments, IBM
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