VA Hires Part of 'Rescue Team' to Run

The new VA site is supposed to be a single sign-on portal hosting all online veteran services.

Part of the tech team that saved will soon operate, a new online portal for veterans services. 

Silver Spring, Maryland-based tech company Ad Hoc has been awarded a $12.9 million Veterans Affairs Department contract to "design, develop and operate", a site intended to be a one-stop, single log-in Web hub leading to more than 1,000 veteran-related sites.

Company co-founders Greg Gershman and Paul Smith had been recruited to help the Health and Human Services Department salvage's botched 2013 roll-out as part of a "tech surge" team made up of engineers, developers and designers.

VA debuted a bare-bones beta version of the site in November. The White House tech team, the U.S. Digital Service, had also worked on the site. is intended to streamline online services for veterans. Last summer, VA Secretary Robert McDonald said VA's disparate benefits sites can be confusing to navigate. was joined this week by, a separate Labor Department website designed to aggregate online resources related to veteran employment from other government agencies. 

The So Company, a team of content writers, and, which sells identity and access management technology, will partner with Ad Hoc on, according to an announcement from the company.