The National Institutes of Health has announced the award of a 10-year, government-wide acquisition contract (GWAC) for information technology potentially worth $20 billion. The GWAC will provide the entire federal government with solutions including health and biomedical IT.

The Chief Information Officer-Commodities and Solutions (CIO-CS) contract, structured as a five-year plus five-year option multiple award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity GWAC, is effective May 1, 2015, which is when government customers may begin requesting quotes.

Among the “everything IT” solutions available through the contract (both on-site and in the cloud), are services such as deployment and installation, maintenance and training, engineering studies, enterprise licenses and extended warranties, everything-as-a-service, mobility, collaboration, web and video-conferencing, cybersecurity, big data, and virtualization.

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“With its emphasis on cloud and managed services, we expect CIO-CS to appeal to a broad base of customers throughout the government tasked with implementing IT solutions,” said Brian Goodger, associate director of the NIH Office of Acquisitions and Logistics Management.

Of the 65 vendors awarded a contract, 44 are small businesses across multiple socioeconomic categories. The 65 winners selected for CIO-CS can be found here.

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