Multiple-award contracts going mainstream at VA

Thursday - 3/29/2012, 9:36am EDT

Iris Cooper, executive director, Office of Acquisition Operations, VA

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Multiple-award contracts are becoming more mainstream in the federal government. Supporters say they foster relationships between agencies and contractors that understand their needs.

Veterans Affairs has gone this route, awarding more contracts itself rather than relying on the General Services Administration.

Iris Cooper is executive director of VA's Office of Acquisition Operations. She joined The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp at the Acquisition Excellence Conference in Washington to talk about the agency's T-4 services contract.