Columbia, Md. (January 9, 2009) – Audacious Inquiry, LLC, (AI) a leading management and technology firm, announced today two important milestones in the growth of its government services business line.  The firm has negotiated a Schedule 70 contract with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) for technical consulting services.  The firm has also been recognized by the State of Maryland’s Department of Transportation as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE).

Both are important milestones in AI’s growth in the government services market.
“Receiving our Maryland MBE and GSA contract award will aid our near-term growth as a trusted partner with both state and federal government agencies,” said Christopher Brandt, AI’s managing partner.  “We see the government market as a strong growth driver for our innovative services in Health Information Systems and Web Applications, particularly as policymakers seek to transform the American healthcare landscape through effective use of information technology.”
The Maryland Department of Transportation administers the MBE program on behalf of the entire state government, and the designation is recognized by all Maryland agencies.  Its purpose is to encourage participation by minority-owned and disadvantaged companies in projects sponsored by the state.  The Maryland MBE will help AI expand its footprint as a contractor to state agencies, particularly in the area of Health Information Systems (HIS).  Currently, AI works with the Maryland Health Care Commission on HIS projects and has also worked in close coordination with state health policymakers as Maryland plans for a statewide health information exchange (HIE).
The U.S. General Services Administration’s Information Technology (IT) Schedule 70 was established by GSA to assist federal government agencies with their procurement of IT products, services, and solutions as needed to meet their agency IT missions.  This Multiple Award Schedule grants agencies direct access to the commercial experts who can thoroughly address the needs of the government IT community through commercial IT equipment, software, and services.