SPARC Overview

The Strategic Partners Acquisition Readiness Contract (SPARC) is a HHS-wide, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This contract provides a streamlined order procedure with no administrative fees. SeKON holds a prime contract and is eligible for award for small business, women-owned small business, and full and open opportunities.

SeKON Contact

Program Manager: Jean Orr, Jean.Orr@sekon.com, 203-556-0320 (Cell), 571-351-6930 (Office)

Contract Manager: David Slingbaum, David.Slingbaum@sekon.com, 703-463-3136 (Office)

SeKON Teammates

SeKON created an interrelated team committed to outcomes. Our team:

  • Is devoted to the mission of improving health for all
  • Provides a mix of small businesses with flexibility and ingenuity and large businesses that provide capability and capacity
  • Emphasizes information security
  • Centers on agility, interoperability, accountability, and innovation
  • Is motivated by data science, informatics, and meaningful metrics
    • Splunk
    • Kearney & Company
    • Mantech
    • Fulcrum
    • SES - Software Engineering Services
    • Cognitive Medical Systems
    • eQuality Corporation
    • Aurotech
    • AIS - American Infotech Solutions
    • Onyx
    • Secure IT

SPARC Benefits

  • $25 Billion Ceiling
  • 10 years 2017-2027
  • No Administrative fee
  • Available HHS-wide
  • Streamlined order procedure
  • Access to high-quality industry partners offering agile, waterfall, and hybrid methodologies
  • Small business set-aside and socioeconomic credit potential
  • SB sources sought notices and assessments for all task orders
  • SB set-aside where there are 2 or more capable SBs
  • SB threshold is $29M
  • SB will be able to bid on Full & Open opportunities

SPARC Task Areas – Sample Services and Deliverables

Initiation, Concept, and Planning Services

  • Service Catalog
  • Workforce Development
  • Systems Engineering Plans
  • PMP
  • Configuration Management Plans

Requirements Services

  • IBM JAZZ DOORS
  • Meeting facilitation
  • Use Cases
  • Manage more than 9,000 Electronic Health Record functional and technical requirements
  • Analysis of Alternatives

Design Services

  • White papers for CMS’ Oracle R12 upgrade design considerations
  • Data models, application configuration options, and prototypes
  • Application design for CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS
  • Systems engineering
  • Enterprise architecture

Development and Maintenance Services

  • Development, maintenance, and enhancements to CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS applications
  • Development, maintenance, and enhancements of business intelligence reports and dashboards
  • Full life cycle support of technical applications, business applications, database management, web applications, financial management systems, and human capital management systems

Test Services

  • Support to testing centers for world-wide roll-out of the new DoD EHR system
  • Conducted testing for CMS’ Oracle R12 upgrade
  • Testing for application development, maintenance, and enhancements

Security Control Assessment

  • ISSO/ISSE
  • Risk Management Framework (RMF)
  • A&A packages
  • Vulnerability scans

Support

  • HIGLAS Oracle R12 Training using Oracle UPK
  • Engineering master plans, digital services catalog, skills development booklet, and other technical documentation
  • Facilitation
  • Operational support
  • Service desk

Important Links to CMS SPARC Information

https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/CMS-Information-Technology/SPARC/how.html

https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/CMS-Information-Technology/SPARC/Downloads/SPARC-TOGuide-508.pdf 

https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/CMS-Information-Technology/SPARC/Downloads/SPARC-ContractGuide-508.pdf

https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/CMS-Information-Technology/SPARC

Data Request

  • Business intelligence
  • Data architecture, governance, and management