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8(a) STARS: A Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC)

The 8(a) Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resources for Services (STARS) contract is a small business set-aside agreement for technology solutions. It is designed to promote small business utilization when purchasing technology solutions for the federal government.

NOTE: The solicitation on STARS is closed. GSA reports that it will not allow additional vendors to join the contract at this time. However, interested parties may fill out an online form if they would like to be notified of any contract extensions or openings.

Details on this page come from the GSA official STARS page. Visit there for more information.

8(a) STARS Features

  • Multiple award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract vehicle
  • Three-year base with two, two-year option periods (June 2004 - June 2011)
  • Eight distinct Functional Areas (FA) designated by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS):
* FA1 NAICS 541511 Custom Computer Programming Services
* FA2 NAICS 541512 Computer Systems Design Services
* FA3 NAICS 541513 Computer Facilities Management Services
* FA4 NAICS 518210 Data Processing, Hosting and Related Services
* FA5 NAICS 541519 Other Computer Related Services
* FA6 NAICS 516110 Internet Publishing and Broadcasting
* FA7 NAICS 519190 All Other Information Services
* FA8 NAICS 517110 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
  • Directed task orders up to $3.5 million each for federal civilian agencies are allowable pursuant to 41 U.S.C. 253(c)(5)
  • Directed task orders up to $3.5 million each for Department of Defense activities are compliant with Section 803 of the 2002 National Defense Authorization Act 216.505-70(b)(2)
  • 8(a) credit can be transferred back to client agency via Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS)
  • Program ceiling: $15 billion
  • Non-protestable (except on the grounds that the order increases the scope, period of performance, or maximum order value of the master contract)
  • Order placement: GSA FTS Client Support Centers or Delegation of Authority from Procuring Contracting Officer
  • Geographic coverage: Continental United States, some Worldwide

8(a) STARS Offers

  • Hardware, software, related supplies and services may be procured as part of an integrated technology solution
  • Pre-competed, easy to use contracts
  • Support small business and meet procurement preference goals
  • Availability and access to proven small business and 8(a) technology providers
  • Short procurement lead time
  • Low user fee (0.75 percent) built into contractors' ceiling prices
  • Small Business GWAC Center provides Information Technology (IT) specialty contract administration
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