Federal News Network: Could NITAAC’s $40B governmentwide IT contract be a boon for small businesses?

“The National Institute of Health’s Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) has about two years to award its next great governmentwide acquisition contract called CIO-SP4.”

“While this may seem like a lot of time, NITAAC already is getting comments back on its draft solicitation.

Keith Johnson, the contracting lead for the CIO-SP3 and CIO-SP4 vehicles for NITAAC, said industry feedback was due back to his organization by May 15 and he expects the final solicitation for the $40 billion IT products and services GWAC to be more responsive to small businesses and agency customers alike.”

“’The draft has a direction in terms of some items that we would like to change, but all of that is preliminary,’ Johnson said in an interview with Federal News Network. ‘For example, we would like to go to one GWAC.

Currently we have a small business GWAC and an unrestricted GWAC, and the scope of both of those contracts mirror each other. There are a number of reasons why we would like to do that. Most notably, as a benefit to our small business owners.’”

“Johnson said another change is around the scope of the contract to address new and modern technologies and processes.”

“A third change is with the potential move to one GWAC, NITAAC wants to make it possible to set-aside task orders for small businesses and specifically for socioeconomic categories. Johnson said the goal is to add more socioeconomic categories such as women-owned businesses and Native American and Alaska Native owned firms…” Read the full article here.

Source: Could NITAAC’s $40B governmentwide IT contract be a boon for small businesses? – By Jason Miller, June 4, 2020. Federal News Network.

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