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GSA Hosts Training Conference and Celebration for VETS

GSA # 10363

June 21, 2007
Contact:  Jon Anderson, (202) 501-1231
jon.anderson@gsa.gov

       

Washington, DC – The U.S. General Services Administration hosted the GSA Training Conference & Celebration for the new VETS governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC) at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel on Thursday, June 21.  More than 300 were expected to attend, including GSA industry partners, customers and senior federal agency leaders.  GSA designed the VETS GWAC as a small business-set-aside contract for service-disabled, veteran-owned small technology firms.

GSA provided attendees with training sessions, networking opportunities and a chance to exchange information while meeting with current or prospective partners/clients. Participants gained insight into how the VETS GWAC works and how it helps federal agencies meet their socioeconomic goals.  They also met the service-disabled small business owners participating in VETS, and talked with them about their experiences in federal contracting. 

The VETS GWAC is a multiple award contract with a five-year initial term and a five-year option period available, having a potential overall value of $5 billion.  It is designed to provide cutting edge technology solutions to federal agencies while assisting them in reaching their 3 percent goal for contracting with service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses.  A complete list of industry partners along with VETS contract and pricing information is available on the VETS GWAC website at www.gsa.gov/vetsgwac

In addition to VETS, GSA provides a contract portfolio that includes offerings from small disadvantaged 8(a) firms and historically underutilized business zone (HUBZone) small businesses, as well as large-business integrators. 

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