Federal Authorities

NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) contracts were some of the first Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) for information technology (IT) granted under the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996.
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NITAAC has been a federal Executive Agent for more than 25 years. We are authorized each year by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to award and administer three Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) for information technology (IT) procurement: CIO-SP3, CIO-SP3 Small Business and CIO-CS. NITAAC GWACs can be used by any federal civilian or Department of Defense (DOD) agency to acquire IT services, solutions and commodities from pre-qualified vendors at rates and prices lower than open-market, and in less time than going the traditional full and open route.

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OMB Designation

CIO-SP3 and CIO-SP3 Small Business OMB designation

CIO-SP3 and CIO-SP3 Small Business provides any federal civilian or DOD agency a mechanism for efficiently ordering IT solutions and services at equitable and reasonable prices while helping to achieve their socioeconomic contracting goals. If you are looking to purchase IT solutions and services, our CIO-SP3 and CIO-SP3 Small Business vehicles are right for you.


CIO-CS OMB designation


Access pre-vetted value-added resellers (VARs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEM) to acquire IT commodities and commodity-enabling solutions. Our NITAAC Government-Wide Strategic Solutions (GSS) program, a subset of CIO-CS, is one of three OMB mandatory sources for laptop and desktop buys for any federal civilian or DOD agency. If you are looking to buy IT commodities and as-a-service solutions, the CIO-CS GWAC is right for you.

Best in Class (BIC) designation

About Best in Class (BIC) designation

Best in Class (BIC) is a government-wide acquisition designation for contracts and vehicles that can be used by multiple agencies and that satisfy these five key criteria defined by the White House Office of Management and Budget:

  1. Rigorous requirements definitions and planning processes

  2. Appropriate pricing strategies

  3. Data-driven strategies to change buying and consumption behavior (i.e., demand management)

  4. Category and performance management strategies

  5. Independently validated reviews

BIC Solution Owners

BIC Solution Owners

For solutions that have been designated as BIC, solution holders are required to comply with the requirements outlined in the BIC assessment process, including annual reviews as well as sharing the following information on a quarterly basis on the Acquisition Gateway:

  • prices paid information that supports comparative analytics
  • current and past spending, addressable spend and cost avoidance
  • performance data that demonstrates the value of the solution, including, but not limited to evaluation of pricing, vendor and solution performance, customer feedback, and fees
  • data on commodity and demand management based on supply analysis, market information, agency spend and usage

Solution owners shall also be responsible for taking actions that can help agencies meet their socioeconomic responsibilities through BIC and government-wide solutions, including by baselining participation by:

  • 8(a) Organizations
  • Small Businesses
  • Women-Owned Small Businesses
  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business
  • HUBZone Organizations

These socioeconomic considerations lead to the evaluation and feasibility of creating a set-aside vehicle in connection with a new government-wide or BIC solution.

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FAR 16.505 Benefits

FAR 16.505 benefits for streamlined ordering procedures

NITAAC’s three Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs), CIO-SP3, CIO-SP3 Small Business and CIO-CS, are task or delivery order contracts for IT that are governed by FAR 16.505. Check out our video and discover how fast and easy fair opportunity competition can be.

Streamlined Evaluation Procedures

Streamlined evaluation procedures

At NITAAC, we encourage using evaluation procedures that streamline the award of task and delivery orders. We invite you to watch the three short videos below for a quick review of techniques that make our GWACs so flexible. Find out how techniques like including comparative analysis, oral presentations and multiphase downselects can streamline your procurements. Check with your agency to see if they have any further guidance, and call us with any questions on GWAC flexibilities. Let's figure out how your next IT buy can work if you choose NITAAC.

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