The National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) has released the long-awaited request for proposals (RFP) for the $50 billion Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners 4 (CIO-SP4) IT services contract.

CIO-SP4 is designed to deliver IT solutions and services in an infinite-delivery and infinite-quality contract, with a ceiling of $50 billion and a five-year option. CIO-SP4 will replace the CIO-SP3 contract, which expires in May 2022.

Initially, the highly-anticipated RFP for CIO-SP4 was expected to be released in December 2020. The RFP was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused a delay in obtaining business case approval and final agency sign-offs. However, NITAAC reminded agencies that CIO-SP3 still remains “a vital option for their procurement needs” as they wait for CIO-SP4.

“CIO-SP4 builds upon the success of CIO-SP3 and takes into account several lessons learned that we believe will enhance the experience of our Federal agency customers and contract holders alike,” NITAAC Acting Director Brian Goodger said in a statement. “We are excited about the possibility CIO-SP4 holds for revolutionizing the way agencies acquire IT.”

The new contract is designed to deliver IT solutions and services across 10 task areas, which include: biomedical research, health sciences, and health care; CIO support; digital media; outsourcing; IT operations and maintenance; integration services; cybersecurity; digital government and cloud solutions; enterprise resource planning; and software development. Qualified small businesses will also be able to deliver services as part of the CIO-SP4 contract vehicle.

Questions from offerors are due June 1 and proposals are due June 28.

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