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NIH Acquisition Org to Initiate Corrective Action on $50B CIO-SP4 IT Support GWAC

The National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center informed the Government Accountability Office that it would initiate corrective action on the potential 10-year, $50 billion Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners follow-on contract for IT platforms and services after 119 protests were filed with GAO, Federal News Network reported Thursday.

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.

Of those protests, GAO dismissed 117 of them and will decide in the coming weeks whether to drop or allow the remaining two protests to carry on.

NITAAC told GAO that it would review the self-scoring cut-off line and identify the highest rated vendors that will move to the second phase. 

The center said it would assess whether to rectify any additional issues in the review process and release notifications once the highest rated offerors are determined.

In May 2021, NITAAC issued a request for proposals for CIO-SP4 and adopted a three-phased approach to the evaluation of bids for the contract vehicle. The center issued a number of amendments to the solicitation and set a Feb. 11, 2022 deadline for proposals.

In October, NITAAC announced that it plans to award CIO-SP4 by mid-December and extended the CIO-SP3 contract to Jan. 6.

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