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NIH Center Issues Amendment to $50B CIO-SP4 IT Support GWAC Solicitation

The National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center has released an amendment to the request for proposals for the potential 10-year, $50 billion Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners follow-on contract for IT platforms and services.

NITAAC will only accept revised bids from vendors that submitted proposals as of Aug. 27, 2021, and are affected by the changes outlined in the amendment document for the CIO-SP4 governmentwide acquisition contract solicitation, according to a notice posted Wednesday.

By the week of Jan. 3, the center intends to release an amendment providing instructions on how to update and submit revised offers. Revised proposals are due Jan. 21.

The document includes changes that will impact vendors in mentor-protege arrangements. Under the amendment, mentors can submit a maximum of two experience examples per task area regardless of the size of their businesses. 

Proteges can only “submit a minimum of one experience example overall covering any task areas in the corporate experience area (L.5.2.1) or any other experience area (L.5.2.2 – L.5.2.4),” the amendment reads.

In June, the Professional Services Council asked NITAAC to provide more information on the contract vehicle and extend the deadline of proposals for CIO-SP4.

CIO-SP4 is a governmentwide acquisition contract that has a five-year base term and five option years and is meant to meet the needs of agencies for IT platforms and services across 10 task areas, including biomedical research, health care and health sciences; digital government and cloud services; cybersecurity; and software development.

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