Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the selection of Accenture Federal Services, LLC to assist with implementation of benefit payment changes required by the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit payments under the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Forever GI Bill).
Effective March 21, Accenture will act as the systems integrator, coordinating planning, development and integrated testing of all systems associated with implementation.
The scope includes the development of new software, interfaces with legacy systems, systems architecture and testing.
“Securing this IT contract is our most recent step to enhance our software programs, correct the payment issues we had in the fall and reset our strategy going forward,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “We are continuously working to provide better customer service for our Veterans.”
Sections 107 and 501 of the Forever GI Bill changed the way monthly housing allowance payments are calculated. In December, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) announced its approach to implement the IT changes by Dec.1, 2019.
Secretary Wilkie appointed Dr. Paul R. Lawrence, Under Secretary for VBA, as the responsible and accountable official overseeing implementation.
Milestones achieved, so far, include:
- Establishing a program integration office to lead integration of all business, technical and functional activities of the Colmery Act to ensure the solution meets stakeholder expectations and is deployed on time.
- Establishing a program governance structure to serve as the decision authority for definition and enforcement of program activities, funding, acquisitions, resources and systems required to achieve successful implementation.
For more information regarding VBA educational benefits, visit https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp.