The 8(a) Streamlined Technology Application Resource for Services (STARS) III is a Government-wide Acquisition contract type. This upcoming opportunity is expected to be issued in December 2019 and has a solicitation number as follows: 47QTCH-19-N-0001. The period of the contract for this multiple award IDIQ (MA-IDIQ) is 10 years. The total contract value for all awardees combined is set for $12 Billion and the aim of this contract is to provide IT service based solutions including primary and necessary support to IT services before purchase.

Only prime contractors that are qualified as 8(a) Small Businesses (as approved by SBA) can be granted the award, upon provision of a competitive and sensible price. There is no limit to the number of awards on this contract as long as the you meet all the requirements. In fact, it seems that GSA is after bringing on as many 8(a) companies as possible.

The aim of this contract is to help grow and expand emerging technologies (ET) as well as provide IT service based solutions world-wide to all federal government agencies. The contract itself is divided into six areas based on Functional Areas, also known as (FAs). The first FA includes custom computer programming services, the second one relates to computer system design services. The third FA includes computer facilities management services while the fourth FA deals with other computer related services. The fifth FA deals with data processing, hosting, and related services. These 5 FAs map directly to NAICS 541511, 541512, 541513, 541519, 518210, however the last (sixth) FA is about emerging technology-focused IT services that would fall under 541512.

Minimum Requirements

The following lists some of the minimum requirements that you need to have (if you have questions on them, feel free to contact us for free technical consultation) to be eligible for award:

  • You must be a certified 8(a) Small Business
  • You can also create a JV (including Mentor Protege JV) but either way, it needs to be certified by SBA
  • For each Functional Area that you want to participate in, you need to have performed at least 1 contract with the following features:
    • Can be stand alone contract or a task order under an IDIQ or BPA (but not the IDIQ or BPA itself)
    • Can be from the Federal Government, State Governments, or commercial entities
    • The project must have included the performance of the claimed Functional Area
    • Must have been completed within the last 2 years or if it is ongoing, must have at least 1 year of performance so far.
    • The value of the contract must be over $1 Million (value of the contract is the obligated value for completed projects and sum of all optional years for ongoing projects)
    • A past performance of satisfactory rating or above

GDIC support

GDI Consulting’s professional staff  have multiple years of experience and relevant knowledge related to federal IT proposals as well as contract management for the government. In particular, GDIC excels in GSA GWACS and was able to help 8 of our clients win on the previous STARS-II contract. We are experts in writing self-scoring proposals which has resulted in a large number of wins on Alliant, Alliant II, the original OASIS and the On-Ramps, HCaTS and VETTS II. Our 2019 wins have been 3 HCaTS SB On-Ramp wins, as well as 3 OASIS SB On-Ramp Pool 1 awards (3 out of the 40 announced top winners of Pool 1 On-Ramp).

We provide both full service proposal development for STARS-III as well as review services. In case you are preparing your proposal in-house, our team will provide color team reviews as part of STARS III 8(a) proposal support. This service, in compliance with the Shipley color-coded process of reviewing a document, will ensure that your proposal will have the utmost quality in all sectors from grammar and spell check to winning strategy solutions.

To obtain more relevant information on Stars-III, refer to STARS III 8(a) page, and watch our STARS III 8(a) Webinar. Alternatively, if you have technical questions, we provide free consultation and you can fill the provided form or contact us and we will setup a time to answer your questions.