The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s National Cyber Security Center of Excellence is seeking input on a proposal to have a contractor operate a federally funded research and development center. The cyber security center of excellence – NCCoE, was established in partnership with the state of Maryland and Montgomery County in February 2012. The public private partnership is designed to help businesses secure their data and digital infrastructure by bringing together experts from industry, government and academia to find cybersecurity solutions. According to NIST, the NCCoE federal staff will provide overall management of the center, and the FFRDC will support its mission through three major task areas: research, development, engineering and technical support; program/project management; and facilities management. NIST anticipates a single indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity contract with fixed-price, labor-hour or cost reimbursement task orders – with a five year base and a $400 million ceiling.