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 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. But we’re not just a GWAC program anymore, NITAAC has expanded its support including an Assisted Acquisitions program, and is one of three OMB mandatory sources for laptop and desktop buys through our NITAAC Government-Wide Strategic Solutions (GSS) program.
Contract benefits available to all federal agencies for faster, easier procurement
- One acquisition program for IT products, services and solutions through three contract vehicles.
- Can be used by any federal civilian or DOD agency.
- Secure, web-based Electronic Government Ordering System (e-GOS) automates competition, management, awardee selection and notification.
- Best available ceiling rates/prices negotiated at master contract level; task/delivery order competition drives rates/prices even lower.
- Orders placed directly by agency with end-to-end management by procuring Contracting Officer (CO).
- Customized terms, conditions and additional labor categories, products and services are easily added at task/delivery order level.
- Agile and flexible in support of contract types, modular contracting and CONUS/OCONUS procurements.
FAR 16.505 benefits for streamlined ordering procedures
- No need to synopsize requirements (FAR Subpart 16.505 (a)(1)) or post on Sam.gov.
- Streamlined ordering procedures are based on Fair Opportunity (FAR Subpart 16.505 [b]) vs. full and open competition.
- Competition requirements in FAR Part 6 and the policies in FAR Subpart 15.3 do not apply (FAR Subpart 16.505).
- No requirement to set a competitive range, which means COs can engage in detailed communications with contract holders as long as each offeror is treated equitably.
- Scoring/ranking of proposals and formal evaluation plans are not required (FAR 16.505 [b][v][B]).
- No protest on orders under $10 million except on the grounds that the order increases the scope, period, or maximum value of the contract (FAR Subpart 16.505 (a)(10)(i)(A)).
- Not subject to the Economy Act (FAR Subpart 17.502-2 [b]).
Value added services and support for every customer
- Customized support from Contracting Officers and Information Technology Specialists to assist with any contractual, technical and/or procedural question.
- Free Statement of Work (SOW) / Performance Work Statement (PWS) / Statement of Objectives (SOO) assessments; requirements are evaluated for scope, clarity and other factors to assure quality responses and returned to customers within two business days.
- Customer Support responds to inquiries within 1 hour.
- Complimentary and personalized training on the NITAAC program, e-GOS and more; 2 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) awarded.
- Our Assisted Acquisitions program is also available.