The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a blanket purchase agreement to six vendors with a potential value of $207 million to support HHS data center, network and security operations, as well as deployment, testing, and maintenance of software and systems.

ActioNet, CSRA, Leidos, NuAxis, Peraton and SAIC will compete for task orders under this second Next Generation Information Technology Services (NGITS) blanket purchase agreement. The BPA has a five-year base period and three one-year options.

“This award represents another great step forward in our efforts to provide shared services and cost-effective information technology support as a part of the HHS mission to improve the well-being of all Americans,” said George Chambers, executive director of the Office of Information Technology Infrastructure and Operations.

In 2017, the HHS Office of the Chief Information Officer launched the NGITS program to provide improved IT support services for the agency’s secretary, 22 staffing divisions, and more than 12,000 employees.

“The NGITS program is an exciting opportunity to deliver optimized solutions that are at the intersection of healthcare and information technology,” said Raza Latif, president of NuAxis Innovations, an IT infrastructure support contractor for the federal government.

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The first task order on the BPA went to SAIC to provide call center, service desk and data center support for HHS staff divisions and operating divisions.

“Implementing a dedicated call center will help us provide real benefit to our customers by creating a single interface for requesting any type of IT assistance,” said Steve Verber, director of operations for the Office of Information Technology Infrastructure and Operations. “We will provide new options for customer interaction to include chat via the web and increase the availability of self-help options.”

Two additional NGITS BPAs in engineering and program management integration will be awarded later this year.

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