The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), with the support of the Government-wide Category Management Program Management Office, announced that the National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center’s (NITAAC) CIO-CS has been designated a Best-in-Class (BIC) contracting vehicle. BIC is a contracting and acquisition designation used for contracts that meet rigorous category management performance criteria as defined by OMB. A BIC-designated contract represents a preferred or mandatory, government-wide solution and provides a unique opportunity to leverage the government’s buying power. The BIC designation allows acquisition experts to take advantage of pre-vetted, government-wide contract solutions; supports a government-wide migration to solutions that are mature and market-proven; assists in the optimization of spend, within the government-wide category management framework; and increases the transactional data available for agency level and government-wide analysis of buying behavior.
CIO-CS covers everything IT including commodities and commodity-enabling solutions on-site or in the cloud. These include hardware and software, deployment and installation, maintenance and training, enterprise licenses and extended warranties, engineering studies, cloud, mobility, collaboration tools, web and video-conferencing, cyber security, virtualization, health and biomedical IT and more.