How is CIO-SP3 Different?

CIO-SP3: A good ideaCIO-SP3 will improve the way the Federal Government acquires IT services. The following excerpt is from the draft sources sought document published on

The federal government is committed to changing its business processes to achieve a world class standard of excellence. This is being accomplished by adopting best business practices and the latest technology to create a more efficient, citizen-centered federal government.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been designated as an executive agent for purposes of providing Information Technology (IT) to the government. Under this authority, NIH established three Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) to support the full range of IT needs across the federal government, with a particular emphasis on agencies like NIH and its parent, HHS, that are involved in health care and clinical and biological research.

The NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) took its first major step in developing a successor GWAC to its current Chief Information Officer – Solutions and Partners 2 Innovations (CIO-SP2i) and the Image World 2 New Dimensions (IW2nd) GWACs by posting a Request for Information (RFI) in FedBizOps on April 30, 2008. The successor contract will continue to support government IT efforts with a focus on health and biomedical-related IT services in support of federal agencies’ health missions.