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VA seeks cloud platform for mobile applications

As the Department of Veterans Affairs moves its applications to the cloud, it wants a new platform for its mobile applications, according to a April 11 request for information.

VA’s mobile applications -- between 20 and 30 applications -- are currently hosted on its Mobile Infrastructure Services platform, which is also used for “sharing common controls and management across multiple enclaves and major applications,” according to the RFI.

VA wants to replace this architecture with the VA Mobile Applications Platform, which would consist of environments for development, testing, implementation and production. The platform would be built, operated and maintained by a contractor. VA MAP would be hosted on the VA Enterprise Cloud, which is supported by both Amazon Web Services' GovCloud and Microsoft's Azure Government Cloud, and certified by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program at the high level,  according to the RFI.

The contractor must follow agile best practices and objectives defined in the U.S. Digital Services Playbook when developing the platform. It will be also be responsible for security, management and maintenance of the VA MAP, in addition to migrating VA mobile apps to the new environment.

Read the full RFI here.

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Matt Leonard is a reporter/producer at GCN.

Before joining GCN, Leonard worked as a local reporter for The Smithfield Times in southeastern Virginia. In his time there he wrote about town council meetings, local crime and what to do if a beaver dam floods your back yard. Over the last few years, he has spent time at The Commonwealth Times, The Denver Post and WTVR-CBS 6. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received the faculty award for print and online journalism.

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