NIH discusses $11B services pact
- By Judi Hasson
- May 17, 2000
The National Institutes of Health gave dozens of vendors a sneak preview
Monday of what it will take to snag a piece of the latest $11 billion information
technology contract up for grabs.
At the top of the list is marketing skills to attract subcontractors to
the 10-year contract that would provide IT services, not just at NIH but
across government, according to NIH's Information Technology Acquisition and
Assessment Center (NITAAC).
"The more you market, the more successful you'll be," said Elmer Sembly,
the project's outreach manager.
At a briefing in Bethesda, Md., not far from the NIH campus, officials outlined
its Chief Information Officer Solutions and Partners (CIO-SP 2) contract
requirements for private vendors and the deadlines looming ahead. NIH hopes
to make the final contract award by August. Government officials declined
to say how much of a vendor's budget should be dedicated to marketing efforts.
But they said they have learned from the successes and failures of CIO-SP
1, the original contract that expires in August 2001.
"We hope to get qualified contractors who can meet the needs of today and
be around for tomorrow," said Wanda Russell, a contracting officer in NIH's
Office of Procurement.
Among the requirements for the massive 10-year project that encompasses
information technology services across government are:
* CIO support services.
* Telephone support systems.
* Software development.
* Enhancing digital government.
* Security and disaster recovery.
* Small business mentoring.
Additional information about the contract is available from NITAAC's Web site.