The National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition & Assessment Center (NITAAC) is expected to issue solicitation documents in June for the next iteration of the Chief Information Officer – Commodity Solutions (CIO-CS) Government-wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC), which the agency is calling “The Store,” short for Chief Information Officer – Commodities Store.

This 10-year, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, with an estimated ceiling value of $25 billion, is a key vehicle for federal agencies to procure cutting-edge information technology (IT) commodities and solutions, encompassing a wide range of health, life sciences, and general IT initiatives.

Now is the time to form your team and determine your solution before the final solicitation drops. Call us to learn how you can position yourself to win a spot on this contract.

Latest Developments:

RFP Release and Timeline: The final Request for Proposal (RFP) is now expected to be released in early Summer 2024, with proposals due in late Summer 2024. NITAAC will evaluate submissions in the fall and winter of 2024 and are expected to make award announcements in February 2025 before the current CIO-CS contracts expire in April 2025.

Sources Sought: NITAAC outlined its preliminary search for qualified small business manufacturers and resellers of information technology commodities in a sources sought notice posted on earlier this month.

The notice highlighted the Government’s aim to procure commercial-off-the-shelf IT commodities and solutions, including but not limited to end-user hardware and software, IT security software, enterprise performance management tools, and health and biomedical research IT capabilities, in support of health, life sciences, and general IT initiatives across federal agencies.

Industry Day Insights: At a virtual industry event held on March 18, NITAAC indicated that the ceiling value of “The Store” would be $25 billion. The agency will award multiple IDIQ contracts (the exact number has not yet been specified), and the competition is expected to be open to all qualified contractors.


  • 541519 Other Computer Related Services (Size Standard: $34.0 million annual receipts except 150 Employees for Information Technology Value Added Resellers)
  • 334111 Electronic Computer Manufacturing (Size Standard: 1250 Employees)

How OST Global Solutions Can Help Develop Your Winning Proposal:

OST Global Solutions is here to ensure your business is positioned to seize the opportunities presented by CIO-CS. Here’s how we can support your efforts:

  • Win Themes Development and Competitive Analysis: With the final RFP release on the horizon, now is the time to refine your win themes and competitive analysis. Our proven methodologies can help identify gaps in your strategy and strengthen your position.
  • Solution Development: With the RFP release imminent, it’s crucial to have key personnel and comprehensive solutions ready. OST can assist in developing a compelling Concept of Operations (CONOPS) and ensuring your past performance is aligned with the upcoming requirements.
  • Expert Guidance and Proposal Management: As the timeline tightens, having the right expertise on your side is invaluable. OST offers comprehensive support from capture management to proposal development, ensuring you’re ready to hit the ground running when the RFP drops.

For further information on how OST can help your business succeed with CIO-CS and to stay updated on developments, contact us.

OST Global Solutions is a professional business development consulting firm. We have extensive experience in winning large, strategic bids like CIO-CS. We can provide capture and proposal teams to develop a complete, winning proposal. Or we can provide consultants on a case-by-case basis to fill gaps on your business development team. Our services related to CIO-CS consist of team identification/negotiation, capture management, win strategy consulting, Black-Hat and price-to-win (PTW) services, proposal management, pricing, color reviews, proposal writing, editing, and desktop publishing.

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