Wednesday, August 17, 2011

CMS Issues Presolicitation

CMS plans to award multiple “Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity” (ID/IQ) contracts to support Virtual Data Centers (VDC) to do complex operations with fairly simple hardware. The VDCs will provide the IT infrastructure and services to operate CMS business systems and safeguard the data.

The original presolicitation was posted on on August 4, 2011 with a new posting on August 8, 2011. The presolicitation number is (APP130023).

Some of the RFPs will award contracts to manage all the activities while other RFPs will provide desk support, funding to maintain the centers and provide the training as needed. Task Order 1 is the Large Umbrella ID/IQ and Task Order 2 provides for a national data warehouse.

CMS will conduct an Industry Day Webinar at 9:00A.M (Eastern) time on October 14, 2011. If vendors wish to participate in this webinar, vendors must RSVP by 12 noon (Eastern) on August 26, 2011 with an email. The words “VDC WEBINAR RSVP” must be in the subject line and send to

In preparation for the VDC Industry Day Webinar, questions and comments need to be submitted by 12 noon (Eastern) September 2, 2011 with the words “VDC WEBINAR Questions/Comments” in the subject line. Send the email to

Participating parties will be limited to 5 access lines, so conferencing at the vendor’s sites is encouraged. Additional detailed information about the VDC Industry Day Webinar will be provided to those vendors that RSVP.