Sword & Shield Wins $20B NIH Contract

Sword & Shield is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $20 billion National Institutes of Health contract to provide IT products and solutions to government and federal agencies.

The Chief Information Officer-Commodity and Solutions (CIO-CS) will provide information technology products and services aligned to health and biomedical research, scientific, administrative, operational, managerial and information management requirements to any federal agency.

“We are very excited to be able to assist the National Institutes of Health with its mission and goals,“ said Sword & Shield President and CEO John McNeely. “With the addition of CIO-CS to our portfolio of federal contracts, Sword & Shield continues to be a major provider of IT products and services to the government.”

The National Institute of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) is a federal executive agent authorized by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to administer the Government-Wide Acquisition Contract. The contract, which has up to a 10-year performance period, has a maximum ceiling value of $20 billion and is the successor to NIH’s Electronic Commodities Store (ECS) III.

NIH originally solicited for CIO-CS on May 7, 2014.

“As soon as ECS III expires, NITAAC’s new Chief Information Officer-Commodities and Solutions (CIO-CS) contract will be open for business,” according to the NITAAC website. “Like ECS III, you will still be able to order IT commodities for the enterprise, lab and office. We are, however, excited that CIO-CS opens new horizons with service enabling commodities that can be used on-site or in the cloud.”

The NIH is made up of 27 different components called Institutes and Centers. Each has its own specific research agenda. All but three of these components receive their funding directly from the U.S. Congress and administrate their own budgets. NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.

Protecting critical data since 1997, Sword & Shield is the premier holistic information security provider. With solutions designed to meet the needs of a dynamic security and compliance landscape, we deliver evaluation, remediation, and ongoing monitoring and management to ensure you maintain the most comprehensive security posture possible.

Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., Sword & Shield specializes in three distinct, connected areas: information security, compliance, and managed services. Our consultants are certified, experienced professionals, and our security services are comprehensive, allowing us to be your single stop consulting solution.


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