The National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) has issued additional amendments to its Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners 4 (CIO-SP4) Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). Although the deadline to submit a proposal for this contract was back in August of 2021, NITAAC has issued multiple amendments in response to industry criticism and confusion about requirements.
There have been 23 protests of NITAAC’s CIO-SP4 acquisition, a five-year Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract has a $50-billion ceiling value and a five-year option. In November, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) sustained a protest, in part, regarding NITAAC’s handling of mentor-protégé joint ventures.
Since then, NITAAC has issued Amendments 12, 13, and 14. The latest deadline for adhering to changes in these amendments is Friday, January 28.
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On 23 November 2021, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) sustained a protest, in part, against the National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) regarding their handling of mentor-protégé joint ventures in the...
The National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) released Amendment 5 for CIO-SP4 on July 2nd. The amendment extended the proposal due date to July 23rd, fixed minor inconsistencies, added submission file naming...
The National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) responded to questions and extended the deadline to apply for CIO-SP4. As CIO-SP4 subject matter experts, we will help you understand NITAAC’s final requirements and...
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CIO-SP4 Will Allow for Streamlined Acquisition of General, Health IT and Biomedical Research Across 10 Task Areas
Rockville, MD – May 25, 2021 – Today, the National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) released the solicitation for the highly anticipated Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners 4 (CIO-SP4) Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). CIO-SP4 is designed to quickly meet agencies’ general information technology (IT), biomedical, and health IT needs across 10 task areas. Managed by NITAAC, the five-year, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has a $50 billion ceiling and a five-year option.
“CIO-SP4 builds upon the success of CIO-SP3 and takes into account several lessons learned that we believe will enhance the experience of our federal agency customers and contract holders alike,” said Brian Goodger NITAAC Acting Director.
CIO-SP4 is designed for quick ordering of affordable IT solutions and services — including those from qualified small businesses — across 10 task areas:
- IT services for biomedical research, health sciences and health care
- Chief Information Officer support
- Digital media
- IT operations and maintenance
- Integration services
- Digital government and cloud services
- Enterprise resource planning
- Software development
“We are excited about the possibility CIO-SP4 holds for revolutionizing the way agencies acquire IT,” said Goodger. “However, we want to remind agencies that while they anticipate CIO-SP4, CIO-SP3 still remains a vital option for their procurement needs. CIO-SP3 expires in May 2022, has ample ceiling room and awards issued before the expiration of CIO-SP3 can be extended up to five years,” said Goodger.
Proposals from potential offerors are due to the government on or about June 28, 2021. To view the CIO-SP4 solicitation, visit https://sam.gov/opp/5b025426cabe4b0fb1aa4094a7a6e130/view.
NITAAC (NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center) is housed within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is a full-service acquisition program that has been designated a federal Executive Agent, authorized by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to administer three Best in Class (BIC) Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) for information technology (IT) acquisitions. CIO-SP3, CIO-SP3 Small Business, and CIO-CS can be used by any federal civilian or Department of Defense (DoD) agency to acquire information technology services, solutions, and commodities from pre-qualified vendors at lower than open market prices in less time than going the traditional full and open route. NITAAC has expanded its support including a new full-service Assisted Acquisition program and is one of three OMB mandatory sources for laptop and desktop buys through our Government-wide Strategic Solutions (GSS) program.