NITAAC operates as a “Fee for Service” agency, and is required to cover its operating expenses while implementing technologies and solutions to better serve its government customers.

The ordering contracting officer manages the task order after-award.

All CIO-SP3 contract holder on-and off-site rates can be obtained by logging into e-GOS. You can also visit the contract holder information page at the contract holder search: select the contract holder whose rates you want to see, and click the link to their individual websites.

The period of performance on CIO-SP3 is 6/1/2012 to 5/31/2022. The period of performance for each task order placed under the contract will be specified in the individual task order.

The NIH Contract Access Fee (NCAF) for the CIO-SP3 contract is .65% with a cap of $150,000 for any task order base or optional period (not to exceed 12 months) with funding in excess of $23 Million.

The NITAAC team looks at scope, contract type, periods of performance, evaluation criteria, specificity of tasking and deliverables and the deliverable schedule. We will also note whether the SOW is performance based. NITAAC will provide suggestions for improving the SOW/PWS/SOO for all review areas as necessary, but the final decision on implementing any suggestions rests with the acquiring agency.

NITAAC follows the guidance of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) which strongly encourages, but does not mandate, the use of Performance Based Contracting (PBC).

No. All of NITAAC services are value-added, and there is never an additional fee for SOW/PWS/SOO assessments.

No. NITAAC does not have a maximum order limit. The contract ceiling is $20 Billion.

Yes. FAR clause 52.217-8 allows a task order to be extended for up to 6 months. A justification for an exception to fair opportunity must be prepared if the period of performance is extended beyond 6 months (refer to FAR Subpart 16.505(b)(2) for more information on exceptions to the fair opportunity process).

There are 53 contract holders on the CIO-SP3 contract. A complete listing of these firms can be found here.

The NCAF is paid on each obligated amount based on the funding document. If a labor hour order is incrementally funded, the corresponding fee is based on the incremental funding and not the ceiling. The contractor includes the entire fee (based on the funding of the order) on the first invoice.

Use of options is covered under FAR Subpart 17.2 - Options.

You don’t. As with any other contract, the contractor is bound to the prices and rates bid for your requirement. Wages cannot be changed.  It is incumbent on the contractor to factor in anticipated wage increases for the personnel bid.

No. NITAAC does not issue approval letters. Contractors can accept task orders as long as the task order award references the Prime contractor's NITAAC contract number (ex. HHSN2639999000###I).

Yes, sample scoring sheets are available at Tools and Templates.  However, the procuring agency contracting officer would be best suited to determine the adequacy of an evaluation scoring sheet based on the evaluation criteria established.

NITAAC does not require the D&F and justification for non-DoD contracts be uploaded into the system. You must, however, make sure these documents are included in the official task order file. 

Yes. You can use your own questionnaire. If you need guidance, however, NITAAC has tools and templates available on the website here.

Yes. The ten (10) task areas which make up the scope of the GWAC are intended to be a guide only. You can select as many task areas as needed to firmly define your requirement.

Use of subcontractors is at the discretion of the prime contract holder and subject to advance consent to subcontract provisions, as provided in the FAR. If you have specialized requirements, they should be included in your SOW and, if those requirements necessitate the support of a specific subcontractor, it would be incumbent upon the prime to make the necessary business arrangements with that party in order to improve their chances of obtaining an award.

Yes. NITAAC's value-added services are available to customers anytime, including during market research. If you will be using a NITAAC vehicle for your procurement, an SOW/PWS/SOO review is available prior to submitting your requirement into e-GOS.

No. There are a combination of small businesses and other than small businesses. To determine business size, visit the CIO-SP3 contract holder information page here.

Yes. Modifications can be issued as long as they are within scope of the initial order. In general, if the modification does not change the nature of the work and was within the contemplation of the parties when the order was formed, the modification falls within scope of the initial order.