As a SPARC Prime Contract holder, Sparksoft is uniquely positioned to provide IT Services that serve your agency and its mission. Sparksoft brings a unique combination of development, testing, and incomparable delivery service experience from the largest healthcare IT project in the country. This makes Sparksoft stand a step apart from other providers allowing us to translate the best of what has proven to work effectively for CMS and HHS programs.
SPARC, or the Strategic Partners Acquisition Readiness Contract, will provide support for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Information Technology (IT) Modernization Program and initiatives. SPARC is a cost-effective, innovative solution for procuring information technology (IT) professional services from a pool of CMS experienced partners. It is available to all components within Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and all Health and Human Services (HHS) Operating Divisions to procure IT System development services, from end to end.
Under this contract Sparksoft is recognized as a high-quality industry partner, with the ability to offer agile, waterfall, and hybrid methodology. SPARC covers a wide range of tasks including the planning, design, development, testing, PMO, IV&V, operations and maintenance for CMS’ automated systems and business application software that integrate hardware, software, and communication technologies.
- $25 billion ceiling
- No administrative fee
- Shortened procurement lead time
- Access to high-quality industry partners
- Partners offer Agile, Waterfall, and hybrid methodologies
- Small business set-aside
- Socioeconomic credit potential
- Ability to sole source to 8(a) partners for task orders under $4 million
How to use SPARC IDIQ
The use of SPARC is no different from using any other procurement vehicle. Business component representatives (Contracting Officer’s Representative, Government Task Leads, Division Directors) should reach out to their respective OAGM counterparts (Contracting Officer, Contract Specialist) or their respective OPDIV contract shop to indicate a new effort or re-procurement is being sought and they wish to use the SPARC IDIQ for that effort. All necessary procurement procedures and documents needed for any other procurement effort are the same for using SPARC (e.g. Sources Sought, Acquisition Plan, Statement of Work, and Independent Government Cost Estimate).
Additional information about the specific process for initiating the task order process can be found on the CMS website, in the SPARC Task Order Procurement Guide. Users should reach out to their respective contract shop for specific procurement documents and procedures.
For other questions, please submit a message to the SPARC Resource Mailbox: SPARCResource@cms.hhs.gov.