Insight into the CIO-CS Program

  |  November 14, 2013

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Our CIO-CS expert, Russ Schramm, examines the upcoming $10B NIH contract.

What is CIO-CS (ECS IV)?
According to the Federal Government, the Chief Information Officer – Commodities and Solutions (CIO-CS) Government-wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) is a 10-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract. This contract is intended to provide information technology (IT) commodities and solutions as defined in FAR 2.101(b) and further clarified in the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996. These IT commodities and solutions include health and biomedical-related IT commodities to meet scientific, health, administrative, operational, managerial, and information management requirements. The contract also contains general IT commodities, partly because medical systems are increasingly integrated within a broader IT architecture, requiring a systems approach to their implementation and a sound infrastructure for their operation.

In this author's opinion, The National Institutes of Health (NIH) CIO-CS contract is one of the largest desk-top PC buys to be out on the street soon.

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Tips for Solving Last Minute Page Count Problems

  |  March 6, 2009

An important part of finishing any proposal is making the final page count. Many government agencies have a policy of returning excess pages to the bidder unread. At least one agency starts their review by counting pages from the front of the proposal. When they get to whatever their magic number is, they remove all the rest and send them back to the bidder unread.

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