This blog post is part of a series on the Fiscal Year End. Check out the other posts in this series.


In previous posts I’ve covered the high-profile IDIQs that are in process for recompete or initial award. Today I wanted to call attention to some of the interesting and niche indefinite delivery vehicle procurements happening at year end. They are generally lower dollar value than those I've previously written about, but potentially impactful to their own market segments. And I'd specifically like to highlight the way GovTribe can be used to identify and pursue these contracts.

Newborn Screening Pilot Studies

  • Agency: HHS/NIH
  • Solicitation status: Proposal due date passed
  • Due Date: 7/7/2015
  • Ceiling: $9 million
  • Award type: Multiple award, no set-asides

This is a new requirement by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a very interesting research contract. The objective is a nationwide implementation of newborn screening guidelines for early detection of 31 fatal or disabling conditions. To date, the screenings have been successful at the facilities equipped to perform them. However, it’s clear that the impediment to a nationwide roll-out are the logistical and technical challenges of performing the necessary assessments in a timely fashion. NIH is seeking private sector support to develop screening and assessment protocols and mechanisms that will hopefully make it possible to do just that.

This is an extremely focused scope of work, but an interesting and important contract. Based on the results from GovTribe’s Radar tool, it looks like Westat and Johns Hopkins are among the likely frontrunners. But I would bet there are several small, niche organizations who are highly qualified but unaware this opportunity existed. Unfortunately, it's now past its proposal due date, but it’s worth tracking to see which companies win the bid.

Recommended actions on GovTribe

  • Track the Project page for this opportunity for notification of the award.
  • Set an Alert for “Newborn Screening Pilot” with an office filter of “National Institutes of Health” in case the CO posts an award disconnected from the existing notice chain.
  • Set an Alert for “IDIQ” with an office filter of “National Institutes of Health” if you want to stay on top of similar opportunities in the future.

Comprehensive Resources for HIV Microbicides and Biomedical Prevention

  • Agency: HHS/NIH
  • Solicitation status: Solicitation of proposals
  • Due Date: 9/24/2015
  • Ceiling: $150 million
  • Award type: Multiple award, no set-asides

HIV prevention is among the best funded NIH research programs, so a new $150 million multi-award IDIQ is no surprise. I wanted to highlight it, though, because of its long period of performance. The projected kick-off date is June 2016 and it will remain active for seven years - through June 2023. With a $150 million ceiling, this vehicle is likely to lock up HIV prevention research funds for quite a long time. Anyone not on this vehicle as a prime or sub may have trouble getting non-grant federal funds for HIV prevention research until well into President Trump's second term.

Proposals aren't due until late September, so it almost certainly won't be awarded until next fiscal year. And there's also still plenty of time for qualified small businesses to reach out to likely primes and try to partner up. According to GovTribe Radar, Westat owns the biggest chunk of this market, but the next several top companies are pretty evenly matched. Now is the time to make your move, so Sign Up and do your own Radar research.

Recommended actions on GovTribe

  • Track the Project page for this opportunity for notification of any updates or amendments.
  • Set an Alert for “HIV Microbicides and Biomedical Prevention” with an office filter of “National Institutes of Health” in case the CO posts any updates disconnected from the existing notice chain.
  • Click the Radar button from the Project page to see the likely bidders. Start networking!

5.56x45MM NATO/. 223 REMINGTON CALIBER

  • Agency: DOJ/FBI
  • Solicitation status: Solicitation of proposals
  • Due Date: 9/3/2015
  • Ceiling: $25 million
  • Award type: Multiple award, no set-asides

The FBI is managing a procurement for a five-year IDIQ contract to purchase of a specific type of ammunition. Specifically, 5.56x45mm ammo. (For those of us who only know about guns what we've seen in movies, these are the bullets used in M-16 style assault rifles.) The intent of this vehicle appears to be non-defense use, but not just limited to the FBI. The solicitation docs state that any law enforcement agency will be able to use this IDIQ once it is awarded.

Once again, this is a very niche purchasing vehicle, but one that is likely to be impactful to vendors hoping to sell assault rifle ammo to non-defense agencies over the next five years. Once this vehicle is in place it's likely that a large percentage of such purchases will happen here in the future. FBI says they expect to make two or more awards, and it's a pretty simple proposal response. There's still plenty of time, so qualified vendors who can afford government pricing should submit.

Recommended actions on GovTribe

  • Track the Project page for this opportunity for notification of the award.
  • Add this opportunity to a Pipeline and start preparing your response.

If you are planning to pursue these opportunities, or any others, you can manage your pursuits using our Pipeline tool. You can view some help videos on Tracking, Alerts, Pipelines, and our competitor analysis tool Radar here on our Learn page.

This blog post is part of a series on the Fiscal Year End. Check out the other posts in this series.