Bloomberg Government: New $40 Billion Ceiling for CIO-SP4 Health IT Contract

“The recompete of the federal government’s biggest spending health-focused information technology contract will look different in its fourth iteration.”

“The contract, Chief Information Officer Solutions and Partners 4 (CIO-SP4) is the subject of this week’s Bloomberg Government Top 20 Opportunities.”

“The National Institutes of Health’s IT Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) will increase the contract’s ceiling to $40 billion, consolidate it with a separate vehicle for small businesses, and require bidders to self-score in a two-part evaluation process.”

“NITAAC posted the draft request for proposals for CIO-SP4 on March 27. Responses to the draft solicitation are due by May 15. NITAAC expects to post the final RFP by December, according to an agency announcement.”

“Like its predecessors, CIO-SP4 will be an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity governmentwide acquisition contract focused on providing IT products and services in the health and biomedical fields. Because IT is increasingly ingrained in programs, the contract can extend to more general IT. The contract will include these 10 task areas, which are similar to those in CIO-SP3…”

“While there are many similarities to its predecessor, CIO-SP4 will look very different in a few key ways.”

The Doubled Ceiling

“CIO-SP3 had a ceiling of $20 billion, which was also the amount NITAAC originally had planned for CIO-SP4. The draft RFP doubled the ceiling to $40 billion. While this seems like a substantial increase, it can be attributed to the merge of the small-business vehicle. Instead of recompeting CIO-SP3 Small Business, NITAAC will use CIO-SP4 to take the place of both CIO-SP3 and CIO-SP3 SB.”

“Both CIO-SP3 and CIO-SP3 SB had $20 billion ceilings, giving them a combined $40 billion, which matches the potential value of the recompete…” Read the full article here.

Source: New $40 Billion Ceiling for CIO-SP4 Health IT Contract: Top 20 – By Laura Criste, April 3, 2020. Bloomberg Government.

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