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Robert Coen: NIH Seeks to Adapt IT Needs in ‘Evolving’ Marketplace Through New GWAC

Robert Coen
Robert Coen

Robert Coen, director of the National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center, believes that the agency’s new Chief Information Officer-Commodities and Solutions governmentwide acquisition contract addresses agencies’ changing IT needs.

In an interview published Tuesday on Federal Times, Coen told Aaron Boyd that the new round of awards for the $20 billion GWAC seeks to accommodate developments in the IT marketplace that the previous Electronic Commodities Store III contract could not.

“[CIO-CS] is able to meet the product needs, the cloud needs, the commoditized solution needs, the managed service needs, all those new evolving cloud software solutions, and infrastructure solutions for cloud — anything that can be bought in a fixed-price environment,” he said.

Other changes include a streamlined ordering system for contract holders to manage requirements and reporting functions in line with the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act.

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