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NIH to solicit new IT contracts


With the National Institutes of Health preparing to award a new round of IT contracts, tech companies are getting ready to compete.

The health agency may be ready to solicit the contracts for hardware, software and maintenance services by mid-summer, according to the Washington Post. The contract vehicle will replace the 2002 Electric Commodities Store 3 program, through which 66 contractors were awarded projects in six work categories.

About $61 million has been distributed to contractors through ECS3, the Post stated. The NIH released a market survey in February to get perspective on the scope of the new program, dubbed Chief Information Officer New.

The newspaper quoted Alexander Serbau, a senior research analyst at Deltek, a firm specializing in the government contracting market, who said about 500 Deltek users have expressed interest in the new NIH program.

While the NIH will secure commercially available software through CIO-New, it will also award contracts for software development, mainly through another vehicle, called Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners 3, according to the Post.

Companies vying for NIH contracts might consider a recent Federal Times article, which said government agencies are more concerned than ever with reducing software costs.