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NITAAC Shakes up CIO-SP4 Request for Proposals

Key Details: The National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center released Amendment 10 to the RFP on August 16th, 2021, and Amendment 11 on August 20th, 2021. Certain areas of the request for proposal have been clarified for prospective offerors and are highlighted below:

  • Amendment 10
    • Section I.2 has been updated with the current Task Order and Delivery Order Ombudsman contact information.
    • Section L.5.2 was updated and clarifies collection orders. This enables offerors who were awarded an IDIQ contract to consolidate obligated (funded) values for orders placed under that contract.
    • Section L.5.2 was also updated to require information from the prime contract to be included in the proposal for all federal experience regardless of subcontract or prime contract experience
  • Amendment 11
    • Extension of due date to August 27th, 2021
    • Amendment to clarify section L.3.7. Instructions for CTAs, JVs and Mentor-Protégé Agreements

NITAAC has noted that the above list should not be considered complete, and offerors are encouraged to review amendment 10 and 11 completely for more information. All previous amendments and documents for amendment 10 and 11 can be reviewed via sam.gov. Offerors can also monitor nitaac.nih.gov/cio-sp4 periodically for further updates and information.

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DOD Cancels Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) Contract

Key Details: On July 6th, the Department of Defense decided to pivot their direction on cloud procurement due to changing needs in an evolving industry. The DOD cancelled the $10 billion JEDI contract, initially awarded to Microsoft almost two years ago, in hopes of finding a new procurement that meets their requirements. Following what could have been a long legal battle with Amazon, the DOD replaced JEDI with a new contract titled “The Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability” (JWCC), an indefinite quantity contract.

The DOD is currently seeking proposals from both Microsoft and Amazon in their effort to find new cloud solutions. Although these two major corporations were both frontrunners for the JEDI procurement, the DOD has noted that they are also aware of five other U.S.-based cloud service providers. This “multi-cloud/multi-vendor” IDIQ contract will likely bring about a new future of cloud procurement solutions as contractors compete for a spot. Rather than sticking with one platform, the DOD aims to continue with market research in hopes of finding other vendors that can fulfill their requirements. For everyday government contractors, this means opening up to collaboration in order to pursue this lucrative contract.

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