The Indian Health Service (IHS) is looking for industry help researching, creating, and publishing a new IHS IT Strategic Plan, according to an April 2 request for quotation (RFQ). IHS is looking to have the new IT strategic plan completed before the end of Fiscal Year 2021.

The agency’s last IT strategic plan ran from Fiscal Year 2015 through FY 2020, and the agency is looking for a new plan to last for three to five years. The IT Strategic Plan will be used to help IHS “pursue a path of IT modernization” using the new technology to support the agency’s 2019-23 strategic plan.

“The IHS wishes to develop a strategic plan to guide its Information Technology program and efforts over the next three to five years with the understanding that decisions and efforts resulting from the plan will have long-term implications on the organization,” the solicitation says. “The culmination as formulated within the IHS IT Strategic Plan (ITSP) should paint a clear picture of the priorities that guide all who interact with the IHS IT Program.”

The three goals of the ITSP are defined as strengthening IHS program management and operations; ensuring “comprehensive, culturally appropriate personal and public health services are available and accessible to American Indian and Alaska Native people”; and using innovation to promote excellence and quality and move the Indian health system to an “optimally performing organization.”

Contractors have until April 12 to submit their responses. Those responses will be evaluated based on four factors: technical capability and approach, key personnel, recent and relevant past performance, and price.

The contract is entirely set aside for Indian Small-Business Economic Enterprise with a small business size standard $16.5 million. The contract is set to run for four months, starting April 19.

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Lamar Johnson is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.