As the only Alabama and/or historically black college or university of the Minority Information Technology Consortium (MITC), ISO:9001-recertified Oakwood University will team with other MITC members on a series of federal contracts with a total estimated value of $48 billion, it was announced today. According to OU Office of Sponsored Programs Director, Dr. Rose M. Yates, “First of all, Oakwood will access task orders from MITC’s five-year Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Systems Administration (SAMHSA) contract, which has an estimated value of $1.5 Billion. Because MITC is a member on both large Business and a small business teams, Oakwood has access to both task order streams. “In short, Oakwood has access to a stream of SAMHSA task orders for the next five years, to 2017.” SAMHSA, an operating division within the DHHS, is charged with reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness in America’s communities and has identified eight strategic initiatives to focus its resources on areas of urgency and opportunity: Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness; Trauma and Justice; Military Families; Recovery Support; Health Reform; Health Information Technology; Data Outcomes, and Quality; and Public Awareness and Support. Second, she continued, Oakwood can access task orders under our National Institute on Health (NIH) Chief Information Officer (CIO) – Special Projects 3 (SP3), with an estimated value of $40 Billion. The contract is a 15-year award with a 10-year ordering cycle. MITC is on two large business teams and a small business team. “Fewer than 5% of CIO - SP3 bidders won, so our access to task orders from not one, but three winning bids is, in and of itself, an amazing feat – and Oakwood is a beneficiary of this success, through its membership in MITC. In short, Oakwood has access to a stream of CIO-SP3 task orders (3-4 daily) for the next 10 years, until 2022. “Finally, MITC has access to task orders from a large business contract, ALLIANT, from the General Services Administration (GSA). The estimated value of GSA ALLIANT is $6.5 Billion. “This is also a 15 year contract with a 10-year ordering cycle. The contract was issued in 2011. In short, Oakwood has access to a stream of ALLIANT task orders (3-4 daily) for the next nine years - 2021.” “In spite of these successes, MITC will continue to identify and pursue other federal contracts that will benefit its members, including Oakwood University,” concluded MITC CEO Harith Razaa.