What is 8(a) STARS III?

The GSA 8(a) STARS III GWAC (Governmentwide Acquisition Contract) presents significant value for government agencies seeking agile and efficient access to a wide array of IT services and solutions. Tailored specifically for small, disadvantaged businesses, this contract streamlines procurement processes while promoting socioeconomic objectives. By leveraging the 8(a) STARS III GWAC, agencies gain access to a diverse pool of highly qualified vendors capable of delivering innovative IT solutions across various domains, including cybersecurity, cloud computing, and emerging technologies. This vehicle not only fosters small business growth and fosters competition but also empowers agencies to meet their mission-critical IT requirements with flexibility and cost-effectiveness.

Service Areas

The contract offers IT services ranging from simple to complex and services-based solutions such as:

  • IT helpdesk support
  • Information assurance
  • Cybersecurity
  • Artificial intelligence and more

In addition to the general IT services scope, 8(a) STARS III includes two focused scope subareas:

  • Emerging technologies
  • OCONUS Place of performance

Benefits of 8(a) STARS III

  • $50 billion program ceiling and five-year base period with one three-year option
  • Sole source task orders up to the 8(a) competitive threshold
  • Flexibility of contract type, including fixed-price, labor-hour, and time and material terms, to mitigate risk
  • Offers access to contractors with demonstrated experience in either emerging technology or performance in an OCONUS locations
  • Facilitates integrated IT services-based solutions
  • Access to exceptionally qualified 8(a) small-business industry partners, enabling federal clients to earn small-disadvantaged business (SDB) credit
  • Pre-competed, easy-to-use contract with streamlined ordering procedures based on FAR 16.505 saves time and money by reducing procurement lead time
  • Complimentary scope compatibility reviews promotes contract compliance and reduces risk of adverse audits
  • No protests on orders under $10 million, except on the grounds that the order increases the scope, period, or maximum value of the GWAC minimizes protest risk and supports timely order award for optimal mission support