NIH contract in GSA's crosshairs brings in $2.1 billion a year

Agency maneuvers could bring new business to GSA

If the General Services Administration were successful in convincing the Office of Federal Procurement Policy that the National Institutes of Health should lose its governmentwide contract authority, GSA potentially could pick up $1 billion in new business, if not more.

A look at procurement data provided by market research firm Input shows that agencies spent $2.1 billion through the NIH Chief Information Officer Solutions and Partners (CIOSP) contract during fiscal 2009.


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Of that total, 56 percent, or $1.2 billion, was spent by NIH and other Health and Human Services Department agencies.

Assuming that business stays with an HHS contract – and that’s a big assumption – GSA has the potential to grab $900 million more in contracting business. The total could be much greater if GSA picks up some of the HHS business.

After HHS, other big spenders on the contract:

  • Homeland Security, which had 13 percent of the task orders, worth $269.5 million.
  • Army, with 10 percent of the task orders, worth $217.5 million.
  • Justice had 7 percent, or $161 million.
  • Interior, EPA and Agriculture had 2 percent.

Even GSA was a fan of CIOSP, sending $20.7 million in task orders through it during fiscal 2009, according to Input.

On the contractor side, Lockheed Martin was by far the most active, winning 37 percent of the task orders that total $793.7 million. SRA International was the next highest during fiscal 2009 with 14 percent of the task orders, worth a total of $305.6 million.

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Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

Reader Comments

Tue, Apr 6, 2010 Concerned Fed

How is GSA exerting pressure on OFPP to focus attention on interagency contracs? What evidence exists that GSA is pushing OMB/OFPP to do this? How does the manager of SEWP conclude that GSA is behind the curtain making CIO-SP2 respond to OMB/OFPP? Lots of drama is being spun up by the media, but I don't see any facts.

Tue, Apr 6, 2010 Small Business Advocate

CIOSP - Yet another government-sponsored limited competition boon for large businesses. Wow, big surprise. You know, I hear the Administration's good words about small business and competition, but need to see the proof that all this is more than the usual lip-service.

Tue, Apr 6, 2010 auditor

Tips for Improved Procurements: 1)Combine and refine processes. Decentraliztion leads to duplication of effort. 2) Crosstrain and rotate responsibilities. 3) Make procurement professionals learn something about what they are buying. (Can they they tell a fighter jet from a missile launcher?) 4) Require the "approver" to understand what they are actually buying in a contract? 5) Make someone at the top really accountable; if they screw up, they lose their job...even if they are 2 weeks from retirement. 6) No free rides for slackers and political appointees.

Tue, Apr 6, 2010 Steve Chantilly

Isn't the rate of winning for incumbents on this contract was near 100%. CIO-SP2 is known as a place to take your re-competes and avoid that pesky competitive competition pressure.

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