HHS looks for agency to support AIDS.gov comms

The winning firm will be tasked with services including blogging and posting to social media, as well as creating online content, reports, fact sheets, video scripts, talking points or speeches, briefings, and senior-level presentations.

WASHINGTON: The US Department of Health and Human Services is seeking a firm classified as a small business that can offer senior-level communications services for AIDS.gov and the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy.

According to agency-search documents released over the weekend, HHS prefers bidders to have recently worked with senior US government leaders and already be familiar with policy, programs, and sciences related to the work. Firms should also know "how the twin epidemics overlap and disproportionately affect specific populations."

The winning firm will be tasked with services including blogging and posting to social media, as well as creating online content, reports, fact sheets, video scripts, talking points or speeches, briefings, and senior-level presentations, according to the documents.

The agency will also be required to target audiences "with appropriately tailored messaging" through media channels and take advantage of a web presence to reach those hit hardest by the disease.

Tasks will include working with senior officials in various government roles, including at the White House, attending meetings in Washington and other cities, and coordinating website development, according to the documents.  

Work is expected to begin July 31 and run for one year; bids are due by July 24. There is a one-year renewal option, according to the documents. The budget was not specified.

A representative from HHS declined to comment.

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