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CIO-SP4 Latest News: NITAAC to Re-Evaluate Phase I Criteria for its $50-Billion Contract

The National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) announced that it was rescinding all Phase 1 “unsuccessful offeror” notices issued in January for its $50-billion IT-services contract vehicle, Chief Information Officer – Solutions and Partners 4 (CIO-SP4).

The agency will reassess its source selection methodology and make new Phase 1 determinations. The highest rated offerors under these revised criteria will then proceed to Phase 2 of the procurement process.

This is the latest development in the CIO-SP4 contract since the final Request for Proposals (RFP) initially dropped in May of 2021. The agency issued 16 amendments for the RFP in response to protests over assessing offerors’ prior experience and mentor-protégé arrangements. More than 100 protests have been filed against the agency over how it would determine winners in the two-phase evaluation.

NITAAC issued its latest decision in response to protests filed to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). In response to NITAAC’s voluntary corrective action, the GAO has dismissed the protests.

The 10-year, $50 billion CIO-SP4 contract is the fourth iteration of a contract vehicle to acquire IT products and specialized services for biomedical research and healthcare needs.

In its message to the GAO, NITAAC noted that the Phase I evaluation includes validating all proposals. NITAAC further reserves the right to “correct any additional errors or deficiencies, if any, in the procurement process/record that may be discovered during the implementation of the above corrective action plan.”

“As such, this notice is being sent to advise all CIO-SP4 Offerors that the agency is rescinding all of the unsuccessful offeror notices sent on January 31, 2023, and that the agency will be sending out new Phase 1 successful and unsuccessful notices,” the agency noted in its message.

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Previous Updates

Update on $50 Billion CIO-SP4 Contract: Revisions Due Jan. 28

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...

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CIO-SP4 Protest Decision Announced

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...

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NITAAC Releases Highly-Anticipated CIO-SP4 Request for Proposals 


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
  • Outsourcing
  • IT operations and maintenance
  • Integration services
  • Cybersecurity
  • 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



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.

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