How to Use This Tool
- Use this tool to learn the conditions of the designation of the CIO-CS GWAC.
Tips on Using This Tool
- Refer to this tool to learn more about the CIO-CS Executive Agent Designation effective January 6, 2015.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there oversight of NITAAC GWACs?
Yes. NITAAC GWACs are structured in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) principles for government-wide acquisitions of information technology. This ensures structuring of orders that promote the use of performance-based acquisition where practicable, maximum utilization of small and small disadvantaged business, fair opportunity and transparency, and provide the management controls necessary for responsible contract and financial management. NIH provides the OMB with an annual Executive Agent Designation Contract Activity Report highlighting operational and usage information of its GWACs including contract activities, customer satisfaction and small business participation.
What are CIO-CS Categories?
CIO-CS Categories are only used in determining discount applied to new and replacement commodities offered during Technology Refreshment. Other than that, the scope of CIO-CS includes the provisioning of IT commodities and solutions as defined in FAR 2.101(b) and further clarified in the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 within the Federal Government, which can include IT products, IT commodities, hardware, software, solutions, cloud services and future technologies as defined under the FAR.
Do I need to ensure fair opportunity for a small business set-aside on CIO-CS?
Yes. For orders exceeding $3000, before setting the delivery order aside , the ordering contracting officer shall determine if there is a reasonable expectation of obtaining offers from two or more responsible small business concerns that are competitive in terms of market prices, quality, and delivery unless one of the exceptions in FAR 16.505(b)(2)(i) applies. e-GOS automatically shows you the number of contract holders capable of responding to your small business set-aside requirement when you create your order. (For more information see FAR Subpart 19.502-2.)