Sixteen contractors score $4 billion CMS deal
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded a set of 16 contractors its $4 billion enterprise system development (ESD) contract.

CMS will use the contracts to acquire IT over the next 10 years as the agency modernizes its Medicare and Medicaid services and attempts to improve healthcare quality and reduce costs. 

The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts have a minimum value of $1,000 in orders per contractor, and a maximum of $4 billion in total.

The ESD Service Model covers system development and integration, system and application engineering and technical support to improve the automated systems and agency-wide applications of the Health and Human Services Department.

Through the contract, CMS is seeking a common approach to system and software development.

The 16 awardees are: Northrop Grumman; CGI Federal of Fairfax, Va.; EDS of Plano, Texas; Computer Science Corporation of El Segundo, Calif.; IBM.; Lockheed Martin; Science Applications International of San Diego; ViPS of Baltimore; Buccaneer Computer Systems of Baltimore; IDL Solutions of Vienna, Va.; Quality Software Services of Gaithersburg, Md.; Maricom Systems of Baltimore; 2020 LLC of Falls Church, Va.; iFed LLC; Alta Systems Inc. of Fairfax, Va.; and Data Computer Corporation of America of Ellicott City, Md.