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Falls Church, VA – 27 December 2023. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Information Technology (OIT) Privacy Services awarded the Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) tracking contract to Sierra7.

Privacy Services, the division responsible for overseeing the review, use, and protection of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Protected Health Information (PHI) data within VA information systems, plays a crucial role in assessing privacy risk, ensuring compliance with federal mandates, and adhering to rigorous security standards and risk management and mitigation plans. The department maintains an ongoing privacy compliance and risk management process, integral to VA’s overall Assessment and Authorization (A&A) process, which is imperative for a system’s qualification for Authority to Operate (ATO).

Sierra7, the incumbent contractor, has been a trusted partner of Privacy Services for over six years, spanning two contract iterations. Throughout this partnership, Sierra7 has demonstrated a commitment to excellence, successfully supporting the stringent requirements of Privacy Services. Notable accomplishments include establishing and using SharePoint as a centralized platform for Privacy Threshold Analysis (PTA) and PIA tracking.

One of Sierra7’s achievements has been consistently surpassing assessment goals and achieving a 96% completion rating on Privacy Impact Assessments and Privacy Threshold Analyses during the last compliance audit. This outstanding performance underscores Sierra7’s dedication to delivering high-quality services and maintaining the utmost privacy compliance and risk management standards.

“We are honored to continue our partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs,” said Gina Gallagher, Sierra7’s Chief Growth Officer. “Our team is dedicated to upholding the highest standards of privacy and security, and we look forward to contributing to the success of Privacy Services in their vital role within the VA information ecosystem.”

Established in 2009, Sierra7 provides top-tier Management Consulting and Information Technology services to VA and other federal agencies. As a prime contractor on several high-value contracts, including the $22B T4NG IDIQ, $70M Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Health Information Management (HIM) Coding BPA, $65M VA Telecare Companion IDIQ, and $1B VA IHT IDIQ, Sierra7 has successfully executed over 70 VA Task Orders in the past four years. The company has also made significant cybersecurity contributions to programs like Data Discovery Analytics and Labeling (DDAL), which safeguard unstructured data, and the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) nationwide rollout. This rollout is critical in protecting every internet-enabled medical device within the VA system.

Sierra7 remains steadfast in its commitment to providing cutting-edge solutions and unwavering support to government agencies in their mission to protect sensitive information. The company looks forward to continued collaboration with Privacy Services, leveraging its expertise to enhance privacy compliance and risk management within VA.

About Sierra7

Sierra7, Inc. is a leading solutions provider in Management Consulting and Information Technology services. As a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and CMMI-SVC Level 3-appraised member of the government technology and services industry, Sierra7 holds critical federal government prime contracts, including T4NG, VHA-IHT, GSA VETS 2, NIH CIO-SP3, NASA SEWP V, VA TeleCare Companion, and several GSA schedules. Sierra7 is certified in ISO 9001-2015, ISO/IEC 2000-1:2018, and ISO/IEC 270001:2013. In 2023, Sierra7 ranked No. 459 on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America and was recognized as a Vet100 honoree.

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