Bridget Gauer, Director of the NIH Information Technology Acquisition & Assessment Center, discusses what the end of the fiscal year means for NITAAC, and how her office is dealing with an influx of interest in their contract vehicle.
September 30th is the deadline for agencies to spend their remaining FY18 funding before the new fiscal year. As the acquisition arms of agencies work to use up this year’s cash, many are investing in their IT infrastructures. Bridget Gauer, Director of the NIH Information Technology Acquisition & Assessment Center, says agencies are coming to NITAAC for solutions to problems, instead of just bringing lists of items and services. “Our assisted acquisitions group is extremely busy this year. It appears that agencies have more of a need for additional assistive acquisition or contracting officers to help with their year-end procurements,” said Gauer. “That group is definitely, extremely busy… A lot of things are done in other fiscal quarters, so for the administration of the GWACs we are steady throughout the year.” Gauer says that NITAAC is answering a lot of questions and assisting agencies with developing contracts. “We are trying to help educate and get all the best things from all the federal agencies and provide lessons learned on how to do cloud solutions, how to do some of these other problems that other agencies are seeing and breaking down the silos between the agencies,” Gauer told Government Matters.