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.