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New fee structure puts NIH GWACs among cheapest IT options

January 5, 2016 (Photo Credit: Mike Morones/Staff)

Touting a banner year for its three governmentwide acquisition contracts, the National Institutes of Health IT Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) is dropping the fees for its vehicles by as much as 35 percent, bringing it from one of the more expensive federal GWACs to somewhere in the middle.

The NITAAC program office reduced the fee for all three of its GWACs, dropping CIO-SP3 from 1 percent to 0.65 percent; CIO-SB3 from 0.75 percent to 0.55 percent; and CIO-CS from 0.5 percent to 0.35 percent.

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By comparison, for 2015, NASA's Solutions for Enterprisewide Procurements (SEWP V) carried a 0.39 percent surcharge and the General Services Administration's Alliant and IT Schedule 70 contracts had a 0.75 percent fee.

"We're doing all we can to improve efficiencies in our own program so we can pass those savings along to our governmentwide customers," said Robert Coen, NITAAC program director. "When you can combine better services with lower fees as we have, you are truly delivering value to your customers."

The price reduction comes none-too-soon, as well, following directives from the Office of Management and Budget pushing agencies to purchase all computers off of one of three vehicles — including NITAAC's CIO-CS — and instituting new mandates for software purchases.

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