ICF Acquires ESAC to Expand Federal Health Technology Solutions

ICF and ESAC will work together to create better healthcare outcomes for federal and state agencies.

Written by Charli Renken
Published on Nov. 03, 2021
ICF Acquires ESAC to Expand Federal Health Technology Solutions
ICF acquires ESAC
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The global consulting and digital services provider ICF announced today it has acquired Enterprise Science and Computing (ESAC), a specialized provider of health IT services for U.S. federal health agencies. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. 

Headquartered in Rockville, ESAC works in partnership with a variety of healthcare departments within the U.S. government to enable interoperability across health IT systems. Its work helps increase the availability and functionality of health data and implements new electronic clinical quality measurement standards in healthcare. The company also works with private industry partners and educational institutions. 

With over 50 years of experience, business analysts and policy specialists at ICF work with digital strategists, data scientists and creatives to combat organizations’ biggest challenges. The Fairfax-based company, formerly called the Inner City Fund, was founded by Clarence “Lucky” Lester, a former Tuskegee Airmen, in 1969. Back then, the company’s purpose was to finance minority-owned businesses in D.C. Now, it has pivoted to consulting and has become a well-respected advisor to several U.S. federal agencies. 

Today, ICF works in a vast number of verticals including analytics, climate change consulting, cybersecurity and digital transformation, among others. ICF works with partners in most major industries ranging from aviation and education to financial services and healthcare. Its acquisition of ESAC marks its continued investment in healthcare. 

“ESAC is an excellent strategic and cultural fit for ICF,” John Wasson, ICF CEO, said in a statement. “Together, we will be uniquely positioned to combine deep domain expertise in health and social programs with advanced technology solutions to capture the substantial growth opportunities in our markets. But perhaps most important is our strong cultural alignment. ESAC takes an outcomes-based approach, fueled by specialized capabilities and an unwavering passion to positively impact the world just like ICF.” 

The acquisition adds ESAC’s 40-person team to ICF’s 7,500 full-time and part-time employees. This is ICF’s first M&A deal since acquiring Incentive Technology Group (ITG) in January of 2020 for $225 million.

ICF was awarded $30 million in March as part of a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and was awarded an additional $35 million in public health contracts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month.

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