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Don’t Miss the On-Ramp to Government Contracting Success with the NIH CIO-SP3 Contract

The following blog post from SC&H Group’s Government Contracting Advisory team provides insights into how small government contractors can now take advantage of the $20 billion NIH CIO-SP3 contract.

A potentially game-changing government contracting opportunity is now officially available for small businesses.

National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) recently issued a solicitation for the NIH CIO-SP3 contract, which allows small businesses to take advantage of this $20 billion Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) opportunity.

This Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) helps any federal civilian or Department of Defense (DoD) agency to fulfill a broad range of mission critical IT requirements.

In 2012, NITAAC named 54 companies to this 10-year IDIQ contract, which offers IT support for Federal Enterprise Architecture, the Federal Health Architecture, and the Defense Department Enterprise Architecture.

In this phase, NITAAC expects to award an additional 20 to 35 slots during the on-ramp period. In addition, CIO-SP3 is at the halfway mark of its 10-year life, which means all current contract holders will have to recertify their small business status.

Bids are now due on May 5, 2016. However, there is one big caveat for bidding.

Eligible contractors must have a Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) compliant accounting system, and provide one of the following with their proposals:

  1. The Form SF1408 Certified by the DCAA stating that the bidding contractor has a compliant accounting system.
  2. A letter/report from an independent accounting firm stating that the contractor’s accounting system is compliant with the requirements of the Form SF1408. The letter must also be on the accounting firm’s letterhead.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this contracting opportunity, and are in need of a DCAA compliant accounting system, please contact Pete Ragone, a Principal in SC&H Group’s Government Contracting Advisory team, here.