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NITAAC CIO-SP4 RFP has been issued

NITAAC CIO-SP4 RFP has been issued

Check here for news and information about the Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners 4 (CIO-SP4) Government-Wide Acquisition (GWAC) RFP.

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Update: NITAAC will post responses to questions about the CIO-SP4 RFP on Friday, June 18, 2021.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 https://sam.gov/opp/5b025426cabe4b0fb1aa4094a7a6e130/view.

About NITAAC

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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CIO-SP4 will allow for streamlined acquisition of general, health IT, and biomedical research across 10 Task Areas.

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We know the industry is eagerly awaiting the release of the CIO-SP4 Request for Proposal (RFP). We are, too. We understand the important role our GWACs play for not only the federal government, but the industry as well.    I want to update everyone on where we stand in the process and provide some clarity around the delays we have experienced in the RFP’s release. 

The RFP has been delayed due to events that are, quite simply, out of our control.  Because the National Institutes of Health has been intimately involved in the fight against COVID-19, we experienced a delay in obtaining business case approval. That delay caused a subsequent delay in getting approval from the SBA PCR.  The Office of Management and Budget has received a draft copy of the business case and has provided a verbal approval to post the RFP once all signatures have been obtained. The last signature we need to obtain is that of the SPE at HHS, which we expect next week. 

Finally, as we await the release of CIO-SP4, I wanted to remind our federal partners that CIO-SP3 and CIO-SP3 Small Business are very much viable options for meeting all of your procurement needs, not only now, but for five years after your task orders are placed.  

The anticipated release date for the CIO-SP4 RFP is on or about May 21, 2021.  To view the latest updates to the CIO-SP4 timeline and additional proposal specifics, click here: NITAAC CIO-SP4 Updates

February 22, 2021

Technology vendors, sharpen your pencils — the next great governmentwide acquisition contract is weeks away from dropping.

The National Institutes of Health IT Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) will release the $40 billion CIO-SP4 contract in the next few weeks — mid-to-late March — and award spots to as many as 450 large and small contractors by early 2022.

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February 1, 2021

The RFP solicitation for CIO-SP4 will be posted in early March. The government is currently considering a significant reduction in the number of pages due in the technical proposal.  There will be a three-tiered review which will consist of: 1) Self scoring sheet  2) Go/No Go mandatory criteria and 3) Full Technical and Business Review.  At all three reviews, the pool of potential contract holders will shrink as offerors are evaluated and reviewed. The proposal submission date will be on or about April 30.

The National Institute of Health’s Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) has about two years to award its next great governmentwide acquisition contract called CIO-SP4.

While this may seem like a lot of time, NITAAC already is getting comments back on its draft solicitation.

Read the full article here.

In the coming weeks, the National Institute of Health's Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC), home of the agency's government-wide IT acquisition contracts, is searching for new top managers and honing a new contracting vehicle.

Read the full article here.

Interested in learning more information about CIO-SP4? The NITAAC Overview Presentation provides detailed information on the anticipated changes in CIO-SP4, as well as the anticipated PALT/PAT.

Download the presentation here.

The draft RFP for CIO-SP4 has been posted here. The final RFP is scheduled for release during the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 and proposals are anticipated to be due in the second quarter of fiscal year 2021.

The National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) is pleased to announce a tentative schedule for the Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners 4 (CIO-SP4) Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). The draft Request for Proposal (RFP) is anticipated to be posted to https://beta.sam.gov/ in late March/early April 2020. The final RFP is scheduled for release during the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 and proposals are anticipated to be due in the second quarter of fiscal year 2021. NITAAC plans to make subsequent announcements with information about possible future industry days.

Check here for news and information about the Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners 4 (CIO-SP4) Government-Wide Acquisition (GWAC) RFP.