Sunday, November 16, 2008

CMS Seeks IT Solution

CMS on November 14, 2008, issued a Sources Sought Notice for Small Businesses to help CMS develop requirements for an IT solution. The main purpose for the notice is to find companies that can eliminate redundant data entry tasks for similar information that goes between two disparate applications. The specific applications include the Audit Racking and Reporting System (ATARS) and the Clarity Priority Project Tracker (CLARITY PPT).

CMS uses ATARS as the primary system for end-to-end audit tracking and reporting. The application is based on PowerBuilder technology software. In the future ATARS may potentially be a Java-based application on a Sun platform but as of yet a decision has not been reached.

CMS uses the CLARITY PPT system to track detailed information about each audit recommendation contained in ATARS where a corrective action plan and related milestones are required.

The specific task is to manually extract, clean, and reformat ATARS data for manual entry into the CLARITY system for tracking and updates. Once the tracking is completed in CLARITY, status information would then be manually transferred back to ATARS.

The Sources Sought response date is December 4, 2008. This Sources Sought Notice is to be used for information and planning purposes only and is not a solicitation announcement for proposals. For more information, go to or contact Renee Wallace Abney, Contract Specialist at, or Christopher Hagepanos, Contracting Officer at