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Chief Information Officer Commodity Solutions (CIO-CS)

Solicitation Number: NIHOD2013418
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: National Institutes of Health
Location: NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center
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Sources Sought
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Added: Mar 18, 2013 1:10 pm
Sources Sought and Draft Request for Proposal

This sources sought announcement is for information and planning purposes only and is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government. A contract will not be awarded solely as a result of this sources sought announcement or related Draft Request for Proposal (RFP). PROPOSALS ARE NOT SOLICITED UNDER THE DRAFT RFP. However, NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) will consider the suggestions and questions received in developing a Final RFP. NITAAC would also like to take this opportunity to thank contractors and government customers in advance for any suggestions they may want to provide.

1. Background

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 has established 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 NITAAC took its first major step in developing a successor GWAC to its current Electronic Commodities Store (ECS-III) GWAC, which is expiring in November 2013, by posting a Request for Information (RFI) in FedBizOpps on February 8, 2012. The RFI solicited feedback from both industry and the government as to the technology envisioned under the successor contract and best practices to be employed as well as potential new sources for these types of requirements. Based partly on the feedback received, the Government developed the attached draft RFP and is looking to industry for any feedback prior to issuing the formal RFP.

The resulting GWAC will be open to all qualified contractors. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) that qualify in one or more of the Product Groups described in Section C of the solicitation and Value Added Resellers (VARSs) that qualify in all of the Product Groups described will be encouraged to propose under the final solicitation.

2. Purpose

NITAAC is soliciting interest in this GWAC, which contractors can indicate through the links provided at the end of this announcement. NITAAC is also soliciting feedback from industry and potential government customers regarding the Draft RFP. As stated in paragraph L.2.2 of the Draft RFP, contractors and government customers wishing to comment or ask any questions should submit such comments and questions via email to cio.cs@mail.nih.gov. All questions and/or comments must be received no later than 10:00 am EST on Monday, April 8, 2013. Questions and/or comments should be submitted via a single email that contains all questions and comments. The questions and comments should be associated to the relevant article or paragraph numbers in the draft RFP. Emails shall include the company or agency name, solicitation number and title in the subject line. (i.e., Company/Agency X Draft RFP: NIHOD2013418 - CIO-CS DRAFT. Interested parties can respond to either the Source Sought or the Draft RFP or both. Questions and/or comments submitted by any means other than the email address noted above or past the due date will not be considered. Interested parties are requested to submit their questions/comments using the CIO-CS Q&A Template attached to this announcement.

3. Additional Information

This notice is for information and planning purposes only and should not be construed as a commitment by the Government. This is not a solicitation announcement for proposals and no contract will be awarded from this Notice. No reimbursement will be made for any costs associated with providing information in response to this Notice.

As noted earlier, the government is not soliciting proposals or capability statements at this time. However, the government will consider comments and/or questions for the purpose of developing the Final RFP for the CIO-CS GWAC. The government is under no obligation to post any further information or answer any of the questions under this announcement. Requests for meetings regarding the Draft RFP and Sources Sought announcement will not be entertained at this time.

This Sources Sought announcement is for planning purposes only and there is no intention to acquire any products or services, or award any contract, based on this notification. Information contained in this notification is the result of experience with the current GWACs and is therefore potentially subject to modification. It is in no way binding on the government. An appropriate RFP process may follow contingent upon executive agent designation for this new GWAC by the Office of Management and Budget.

The government does not intend to pay for the information solicited. No entitlement to payment of direct or indirect costs or charges by the government will arise because of submission of responses to this Sources Sought announcement and the government's use of such information.

The government prefers that no proprietary or confidential business data be submitted in response to this Sources Sought announcement. However, the government will hold in confidence any responses that indicate that the information therein is proprietary, or represents confidential business information. Proprietary information submitted, as part of responses to this Sources Sought announcement, should be clearly identified as COMMERCIAL IN-CONFIDENCE and it will be treated in confidence.
Added: Apr 02, 2013 4:00 pm
The purpose of this amendment is to extend the due date for receipt of questions and comments from April 8, 2013 to April 22, 2013. All questions and/or comments must be received no later than 10:00 am EST on Monday, April 22, 2013.
Added: Apr 18, 2013 4:37 pm
The purpose of this amendment is to revise Section C of the Draft RFP (Statement of Objectives) based on program consideration and input from industry.
Added: Jun 14, 2013 2:30 pm
The purpose of this amendment is to provide responses to questions and comments received on the first draft Request for Proposal (RFP) published on March 18, 2013, publish a second draft of the RFP, and reopen the period for receipt of questions and comments to 5:00pm EST, June 24, 2013. As stated in the initial announcemnet, PROPOSALS ARE NOT SOLICITATED UNDER THIS SECOND DRAFT RFP. However, NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) will consider the suggestions and questions received in developing a Final RFP.

Interested parties submitting questions and comments must follow the guidelines detailed in paragraph (2. Purpose) above and use the CIO-CS Q&A Template attached to the original announcement. Please note that because any questions or comments submitted are in response to a draft RFP, the government is under no obligation to respond to them.

Added: Jul 30, 2013 3:46 pm
The purpose of this amendment is to provide responses to questions and comments received under the second draft Request for Proposal (RFP) published on June 14, 2013.
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CIO-CS Q&A Template

Type:
Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
Label:
CIO-CS Q&A Template
Posted Date:
March 18, 2013
Description: As stated in paragraph L.2.2 of the Draft RFP, contractors and government customers wishing to comment or ask any questions should submit such comments and questions via email to cio.cs@mail.nih.gov. All questions and/or comments must be received no later than 10:00 am EST on Monday, April 8, 2013. Questions and/or comments should be submitted via a single email that contains all questions and comments. The questions and comments should be associated to the relevant article or paragraph numbers in the draft RFP. Emails shall include the company or agency name, solicitation number and title in the subject line. (i.e., Company/Agency X Draft RFP: NIHOD2013418 - CIO-CS DRAFT. Interested parties can respond to either the Source Sought or the Draft RFP or both. Questions and/or comments submitted by any means other than the email address noted above or past the due date will not be considered. Interested parties are requested to submit their questions/comments using the CIO-CS Q&A Template attached to this announcement.

Chief Information Officer Commodity Solutions Statement of Objectives

Type:
Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
Label:
Chief Information Officer Commodity Solutions Statement of Objectives
Posted Date:
March 18, 2013
CIO-CS_Draft_RFP.pdf (1,078.00 Kb)
Description: Chief Information Officer Commodity Solutions - Draft Request for Proposal

NIHOD2013418-SF33

Type:
Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
Label:
NIHOD2013418-SF33
Posted Date:
March 18, 2013
Description: Draft Request for Proposal NIHOD2013418 - SF33

Amendment 1

Type:
Mod/Amendment
Posted Date:
April 2, 2013
Description: NIHOD2013418 amendment one

Amendment 2

Type:
Mod/Amendment
Posted Date:
April 18, 2013
Description: Revised Draft Statement of Objectives

Second Draft RFP

Type:
Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
Label:
Second Draft RFP
Posted Date:
June 14, 2013
Description: Second Draft RFP
Description: Response to Questions

(Draft)

Posted Date:
July 30, 2013
Description: Response to Questions and Comments under the second Draft Request for Proposal.
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Edward B. Wilgus,
Contracting Officer
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Hing Pan Wong,
Contracting Officer