NIH Makes a Deal With Dell

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the Dell computer company two IT contracts that could be worth more than $20 billion over 10 years.

The larger of the two awards designates the Texas-based computer company to provide IT support to the federal health architecture, the federal enterprise architecture and the Defense Department enterprise architecture, according to a news release. The contract is worth up to $20 billion.

Dell won a second task order worth more than $100 million from the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to provide health IT services through a General Services Administration government-wide acquisition contract (GWAC). It encompasses support services—network infrastructure, engineering services, application development, high-performance computing, security, business intelligence, cloud computing, mobility and management—to biomedical researchers, managers and administrative staff in the United States and overseas, according to a company news release.

Dell is a prime contractor under the National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center contract, known as CIO-SP3 for Chief Information Officer – Solution and Partners 3. It is an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract.

Dell says it has the “opportunity” under the contract to provide services including software development, enterprise management systems, digital government, critical infrastructure protection and information assurance, integration services, IT operations and maintenance, outsourcing, imaging and IT services for biomedical research, health sciences, health care and general information technology.

“CIO-SP3 enables civilian and defense agencies to procure services that directly impact their mission in a more streamlined and efficient way,” says George Newstrom, general manager of Dell Services Federal Government. “This contract vehicle allows Dell to collaborate with agencies across the spectrum to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions that support the federal agencies’ missions.”