VA Looking at RPA for Contracting

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is looking at robotic process automation (RPA) technologies to help with determination of responsibility in agency IT contracts, according to a request for information released November 1. Responses are due by November 15.

The RFI notes that VA’s Technology Acquisition Center (TAC) aims to run a pilot to use RPA to collect contractor information from a variety of systems, assess completeness, and flag any negative findings associated with a contractor. VA specifically notes the desire to move from low-value to high-value work.

“The VA TAC intends to pilot a solution to a limited number of users for validation. Upon successful pilot, the solution should be rolled out to a user group of about 150 contracting employees,” the RFI states.

The department is specifically looking for software-as-a-service to perform the RPA that is compatible with the System for Award Management, the Federal Awardee Performance Integrity Information System, Dun and Bradstreet numbers, and other systems.

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