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SRA to Support U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Healthcare Programs

SRA International, Inc., a leading provider of IT solutions and professional services to government organizations, announced it is has been awarded a number of contracts valued at more than $35 million if all options are exercised, in support of its strategic commitment to healthcare programs for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) Military Health System.

The VA provides patient care and federal benefits to veterans and their dependents, and is responsible for fulfilling President Lincoln's promise to care for those “who shall have borne the battle,” as well as their families. Through its VA Strategic Plan Refresh for FY 2011-2015, the agency has established a transformation plan that delivers a “high-performing, 21st-century organization…that adapts to the new realities, leverages new technologies and serves a changing population of Veterans with renewed commitment.”

“SRA is extremely proud of the confidence the Department of Veterans Affairs has placed in our ability to deliver solutions in support of their most critical initiatives,” said Health Group Senior Vice President Paul Nedzbala. “Our partnership with the VA will make a significant and positive difference in the lives of our nation’s Veterans and we are honored to be able to serve.”

Under recent contract awards, SRA’s Health Group will support the VA by:

  • Enhancing a veteran’s ability to access and apply for benefits
    SRA will deliver a customer relationship management (VRM) web self-service (WSS) solution that will provide user-focused, on-demand access to VA services and benefits for veterans. The two-year contract will include enhanced forms to improve user experience and satisfaction, reduce submission time, and support downstream processing for benefits by interfacing directly with authoritative VA sources.

    SRA also will support the VA’s VRM Initiative, Member Services (MS) Program by developing web services that provide data services, messaging and DOD interoperability to the rest of VRM. The two-year contract will enable authorized users and/or applications to search records and retrieve profile data, military history and information on compensation and benefits, disabilities, and dependents. This project will provide an enterprise-level, comprehensive-view means of accessing military history, demographics, and contact information for persons of interest to VA and DOD business lines for benefit determination, outreach and customer relationship management.
  • Identifying health issues early with an automated screening process
    SRA will provide a turn-key cloud computing environment to support the VA’s health risk assessment (HRA) new model of care (NMOC), a two year contract, if the government exercises the option. The HRA is a tool that collects information directly from patients through the use of structured questionnaires that are presented online through a web portal or interface available from, and as a component of, the VA Personal Health Record (PHR). The HRA will provide tailored feedback about an individual’s health status, with specific recommended steps for improvement.
  • Providing tools to help end homelessness for U.S. veterans
    In November 2009, the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki unveiled a plan to end homelessness for U.S. veterans. As part of that strategy, the VA outlined a plan to monitor homelessness programs, prevention initiatives and treatment outcomes for the roughly 200,000 veterans who are homeless. VA will integrate data collection and management needs associated with its homelessness assistance programs using a registry of all VA client data. SRA will support this effort by providing technical assistance to share data for analysis and reporting through the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
  • Protecting the privacy of veterans and their families
    SRA is proud to support the critical mission of VA's Office of Information Security (OIS) in its ongoing charge to protect personally identifiable information (PII) and personal health information (PHI) of veterans and their families through its Material Weakness Remediation Support (MWRS) program. MWRS is a two-and-a-half-year effort to provide management consulting technical security and privacy services across the VA enterprise.

    Under a separate contract, supporting the Identity and Access Management Workstream, SRA will provide an improved online experience by implementing a remote identity proofing and credentialing solution to better serve veterans and those acting on their behalf. This will enable identity and access management services to support single sign-on capabilities between an authenticated user and VA applications and external partners. Through this two-year effort, SRA will use Experian’s Remote Proofing and Symantec’s CSP as a FICAM-compliant credential provider solution.
  • Providing state-of-the-art solutions to administer critical internal processes
    SRA will assist the VA’s Office of Information Technology (OIT), Product Development (PD), Integrated Operating Model (IOM) in its critical implementation and technical support for the VA Time and Attendance System (VATAS). Support for the contract will include scheduling, data conversion, subject matter expert support and training.
  • Supporting health and quality of life for veterans
    The VA’s Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders (SCI/D) Services organization supports and maintains the health, independence and productivity of individuals with spinal cord injury and disorders throughout their lives. These objectives are accomplished through rehabilitation, medical and surgical care, patient and family education, psychological and vocational care and professional training. Under a two-year contract, if the option is exercised, SRA will manage and administer SCI/D’s technology systems by ensuring that its 51 servers across 21 regional Spinal Cord Injury Centers remain operational and available for physicians, nurses and therapists.

“We are very excited to increase our participation with the VA mission,” said Vice President for Veteran and Military Health Solutions Edward Meagher. “SRA looks forward to delivering these mission critical systems in support of our nation’s veterans.”

As technology continues to drive organizations to develop online, universally available solutions for customer contact, service and delivery, SRA is working closely with clients like the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure they are capitalizing on the value and efficiencies offered by technology and the internet to achieve their missions.

About SRA International, Inc.

For more than 30 years, SRA International has been dedicated to solving complex mission and efficiency challenges for the U.S. government. From our headquarters in Fairfax, Va., and from offices and locations around the globe, our approximately 6,000 employees support government clients in civilian, defense, health, intelligence, law enforcement and homeland security agencies by delivering IT solutions and professional services in such areas as information technology lifecycle services; cloud and mobile computing; cyber security; solutions development and integration; and strategy development and organizational change management. We also provide mission-specific domain expertise in areas such as energy and environmental consulting; intelligence analysis; advanced research; and bioinformatics. Our employees’ deep commitment to offering real value to our clients and serving our communities is rooted in our ethic of Honesty and Service®.

For more information on SRA International, please visit us at www.sra.com.

Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans, and prospects for SRA, including statements about the estimated value of the contract and work to be performed, and other statements containing the words “estimates,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “will,” “could,” “intend,” “may,” “potential,” “should,” “would” and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You should read statements that contain these words carefully because they discuss our future expectations, contain projections of our future results of operations or of our financial position, or state other forward-looking information. Factors or risks that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the results we anticipate include, but are not limited to: (i) reduced spending levels and changing budget priorities of our largest customer, the United States federal government, which accounts for more than 98% of our revenue; (ii) failure of the customer to fund a contract or exercise options to extend contracts, or our inability to successfully execute awarded contracts; (iii) the failure of congressional leaders to agree upon further budget reductions as required by the debt ceiling compromise triggering automatic across-the-board cuts beginning in 2013 to civil and defense programs; (iv) failure to comply with complex U.S. government procurement-related laws and other regulations, including but not limited to, punitive damage liabilities under the False Claims Act and other laws, and financial incentives under so-called “whistleblower” statutes, awarding the whistleblower with a percentage of the recovery if the claims are successfully waged; (v) possible delays or overturning of our government contract awards due to bid protests by competitors or loss of contract revenue or diminished opportunities based on the existence of organizational conflicts of interest; (vi) failure to comply with laws such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or regulations on government gratuities; (vii) failure to comply with Federal Acquisition Regulations and Cost Accounting Standards or the Fair Labor Standards Act; (viii) security threats, attacks or other disruptions on our information infrastructure, and failure to comply with complex network security and data privacy legal and contractual obligations or to protect sensitive information; (ix) any violation of third party intellectual rights; (x) adverse changes in federal government practices; (xi) delays in the U.S. government adopting appropriations necessary for program funding and future appropriation uncertainties adversely impacting customer spending plans; (xii) intense competition to win U.S. government contracts or recompetes and commoditization of services we offer; (xiii) failure to obtain option awards, task orders or funding under contracts, or inability to successfully execute awarded contracts; (xiv) any adverse results of audits and investigations conducted by the Defense Contract Audit Agency or any of the Inspectors General for various agencies with which we contract, including, without limitation, any determination that our contractor business systems or contractor internal control systems are deficient; and (xv) difficulties accurately estimating contract costs and contract performance requirements; (xvi) challenges in attracting and retaining key personnel or high-quality employees, particularly those with security clearances.

Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent our views as of April 16, 2013. We anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause our views to change. While we may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date subsequent to April 16, 2013.

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