Office of Procurement, Acquisition and Logistics (OPAL)
National Contract Service (NCS) Programs
HTME awards indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts jointly with the Department of Defense (Defense Logistics Agency – Troop Support) for radiology, Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), radiation therapy, and other types of high-tech medical equipment. NCS also places the orders against these IDIQ contracts for the healthcare facilities.
Additionally, NCS awards contracts for laundry equipment, currently based on individual requests from VA medical centers.
Within the Pharmaceutical Division, contracting actions/programs include: standardization, Repackaging and Specialty Pharmaceuticals. The Standardization program is open to VA facilities and other government agencies (e.g., Department of Defense, Bureau of Prisons, Indian Health Service, etc.). State Veterans Homes may also participate in the contracts/programs. The Repackaging and Specialty Pharmaceuticals is open to only VA facilities.
Prime vendor contracts in place include: Pharmaceutical Prime Vendor (PPV), Subsistence Prime Vendor (SPV), and Reverse Distribution (pharmaceutical returns). These contracts/programs are open to VA facilities. Other government agencies (e.g., Department of Defense, Bureau of Prisons, Indian Health Service, etc.) and State Veterans Homes may also participate in the contracts/programs depending on eligibility.
Order Officers are nominated by the VISN Chief Logistics Officers (CLO) to National Contract Service. National Contract Service designates the Ordering Officers, who can then order against a number of VA’s National Prime Vendors, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts, and Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs). The commodities include pharmaceuticals, subsistence and nutrition.