The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded Dynanet a contract (# HHSM-500-2017-00022I) on their Strategic Partners Acquisition Readiness Contract (SPARC) IDIQ contract. SPARC is the new ten-year multiple award IDIQ contract available to all components within CMS to procure their IT requirements. The purpose of this contract is to provide strategic, technical, and program management advice, guidance and support services to CMS to facilitate the modernization of business processes and supporting systems and their operations. These systems will include the Federal Healthcare Exchange and Medicare/Medicaid information technology systems. Other Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Operating Divisions (OPDIVs) may place orders under this contract as well.
SPARC task orders may offer a faster procurement timeline (4-6 months) versus full and open procurement (9-12 months), incorporating the new Acquisition Plan (AP) guidelines as updated by the HHS Acquisition Regulations (HHSAR). There is also the cost benefits as the task orders solicited and awarded under SPARC do not include an administrative fee as found on IDIQ’s outside of the agency. Lastly, the large diversity of technically capable business entities under the SPARC IDIQ environment allows for teaming arrangements and partnering (subcontracting) based on the specific requirements of each task order.