IT Firms Get $20 Billion Government-Wide Contract

     BETHESDA, Md. (CN) – AT&T, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM are among 65 companies awarded $20 billion IT contract covering the entire federal government, an agency announced Friday.
     The press release from the National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center omits any of those companies’ names, focusing instead on the 44 small businesses in that group from multiple socioeconomic categories.
     In addition to 14 women-owned small businesses, seven of the contract winners are owned by economically disadvantaged women, and six of the businesses are owned by service-disabled veterans.
     Eight of the contractors are from HUBZones, short for Historically Underutilized Business Zones, and six belong to the “ 8(a) Business Development Program,” a designation given to companies at least 51 percent owned by socially and economically disadvantaged U.S. citizens.
     The government-wide acquisition contract, or GWAC, at issue is a “ Chief Information Officers – Commodities and Solutions” or CIO-CS contract, the NIH said in a statement.
     Spanning 10 years “with potential funds totaling $20 billion,” the contract provides the entire U.S. government with information-technology solutions
     “Our newest GWAC, CIO-CS, covers everything IT including services such as deployment and installation, maintenance and training, engineering studies, enterprise licenses and extended warranties, cloud, mobility, collaboration tools, web and video-conferencing, cyber security, virtualization and health and biomedical IT,” a website about the contract says (emphasis in original).
     The NIH’s statement notes that the contract “offers IT commodity-enabling and shared solutions both on-site and in the cloud.”
     The 65 contract winners are as follows: Advanced Computer Concepts Inc.; Affigent, LLC; Akira Technologies Inc.; All Points Logistics LLC; Alvarez and Associates LLC; Anacapa Micro Products Inc.; AT&T Corp.; Blue Tech Inc.; CAS Severn Inc.; CDW Government LLC; Computer Marketing Associates Inc.; Computer Sciences Corp.; CounterTrade Products Inc.; Dell Federal Systems LP; DISYS Solutions Inc.; DLT SOLUTIONS LLC; Dynamic Systems Inc.; Emergent LLC; En-Net Services LLC; FCN Inc.; FedStore Corp.; Force 3 Inc.; Four Points Technology LLC; Futron Inc.; GovConnection Inc.; Government Acquisitions Inc.; Govplace; GovSmart Inc.; Hewlett-Packard Co.; Ideal System Solutions Inc.; IMPRES Technology Solutions Inc.; IMS Government Solutions Inc.; InfoReliance Solutions JV; Insight Public Sector Inc.; Integration Technologies Group Inc.; Intelligent Decisions Inc.; International Business Machines Corp.; Iron Bow Technologies LLC; iStor Solutions LLC; iT1 Source LLC; Jeskell Systems LLC; Koi Computers Inc.; Lilien Systems;
     MA Federal Inc.; MARSHALL Communications Corp.; Mercom Inc.; MicroTechnologies LLC; New Tech Solutions Inc.; Norseman Inc.; Panamerica Computers Inc.; PC Specialists, Inc.; PCPC Direct, LTD.; Presidio Networked Solutions Inc.; Red River Computer Co. Inc.; Spectrum Systems LLC; Sterling Computers Corp.; Strategic Communications LLC; Swish Data Corp.; Sword & Shield Enterprise Security Inc.; Synergy Group; Three Wire Systems LLC; UNICOM Government Inc.; ViON Corp.; Westwind Computer Products Inc.; and World Wide Technology Inc.

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