The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has awardedÂ 80Â companiesÂ positions on aÂ potential 10-year, $25 billion contract vehicleÂ the agency intends to use as its primary mechanism for acquisitions ofÂ information technology services viaÂ task orders.
CMS released the list of awardees in a Wednesday FedBizOpps noticeÂ andÂ said all operational divisions of its Cabinet parent Department of Health and Human Services will be able to award task orders for IT services through theÂ Strategic Partners Acquisition Readiness ContractÂ vehicle.
SPARC containsÂ 120 contracts total across five pools with awardsÂ divided intoÂ 27 within the large business category, 54 inÂ small business, 28Â inÂ woman-owned small business, seven inÂ service-disabled veteran-ownedÂ andÂ four for Hubzone.
Fifty companies hold positions in at least one pool and 30 were selectedÂ for spots acrossÂ more than one category, while CMS will reserve all task orders less than $29 million with options for small businesses.
SPARC carries a base ordering termÂ of five years withÂ an additional optional ordering periodÂ to extend services for fiveÂ more years.
The agencyÂ held the SPARC competition on a “best value” basis with technical evaluation factors such as experience in IT services, past performance, process maturity based on the CMMI Assessment standard and small business participation via subcontracts with large business pool awardees.
CMS added in its SPARC request for proposals thatÂ “non-price factors are significantly moreÂ important than price factors.”
SPARCÂ the successor contract to CMS’Â Enterprise System Development vehicle originally awarded in September 2007 to 16 companies, some of which have been acquired since and their positions subsequently transitioned to the parent.
EMD awardees and their predecessors with positions on the new SPARC vehicle include:
- CACI International (NYSE: CACI) — predecessor IDL Solutions
- CGI Federal (NYSE: GIB)
- CSRA (NYSE: CSRA) — predecessors Maricom Systems and subsequently former CSRA parent Computer Sciences Corp. (NYSE: CSC)
- Data Computer Corporation of America
- Deloitte — predecessor iFed
- General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) — predecessors Buccaneer Computer Systems and ViPS
- Hewlett PackardÂ Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) — predecessors EDS and subsequently the former HP
- IBM (NYSE: IBM)
- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)
- ManTech International (NASDAQ: MANT) — predecessor Alta Systems
- Maximus (NYSE: MMS) — predecessors 2020 and subsequently Acentia
- Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC)
Original EMD contractors not selected for SPARC includeÂ Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) and UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which purchased original EMD awardee Quality Software Systems in 2012.
CMS hasÂ obligatedÂ approximately $4.4 billion under EMD between fiscal years 2007 and 2016, according to Bloomberg Government.