NIH group to award up to $20B in IT contracts

A bevy of companies has made the cut to compete for contracts to provide government agencies with a number of technology-related services, including IT support for biomedical research. Over the next 10 years, the government-wide contract could total up $20 billion.

There are 54 awardees of the government contract, called the Chief Information Officer - Solutions and Partners 3 (CIO-SP3) program. Managed by the National Institutes of Health IT Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC), the program is part of the NIH, but any federal agency can gain its assistance to quickly secure IT services, according to the NITAAC.

The announcement comes as the FDA and other agencies are working on modernizing their use of IT. In addition to 10 eligible service areas in the CIO-SP3 program, the NITAAC says, the types of applications that can be ordered through the contract include, among other things, cloud computing, data center consolidation and cyber security. 

"Our entire team is highly enthusiastic about this award because it will enable us to provide federal healthcare agencies with comprehensive, high-quality services from our exceptional [contractor teaming arrangement] team members and subcontractors," Tim Rinaman, vice president of healthcare programs at Delta Solutions, said in a statement.

- learn more from the NITAAC website
- here's Delta's release