Brian Goodger Acting Director NITAAC

Brian Goodger: NIH Center Eyes January Release of Final RFP for $40B CIO-SP4 IT Support GWAC

Brian Goodger, acting director of the National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center, said NITAAC expects the final request for proposals for the potential five-year, $40B follow-on governmentwide acquisition contract for IT support services to be released between Jan. 11 and 15, Government CIO reported Tuesday.

NITAAC issued a draft RFP for the fourth iteration of the Chief Information Officer Solutions and Partners GWAC in late March and Goodger said the CIO-SP4 vehicle will focus on the advancement of cybersecurity, software as a service, Agile, blockchain and other emerging technologies and prioritize reduced administrative burden.

“We set up a unique self-scoring sheet, kind of a streamlined source selection process that we think will be easy on industry and will reduce timelines, and then finally — and probably most importantly — is the push to have one solicitation and one contract, which will reduce everyone’s administrative burden and increase competition and allow for more of a seat at the table for small businesses,” Goodger said. “There won’t be any more large business set-asides.”

Goodger, who also serves as associate director for the NIH’s office of logistics and acquisition operations, said NITAAC will extend the deadline for proposals to March 15 with plans to conduct a source selection process by early fall of next year and award the contract by the end of January 2022.

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