8(a) STARS II Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC)
GSA has announced plans to hold an open season for the 8(a) STARS II GWAC in the Spring of 2015. It is anticipated that all companies responding to the 8(a) STARS II open season solicitation will be required to obtain an ACES Business Representative Certificate. This certification may be obtained through IdenTrust, www.identrust.com, or ORC, www.aces.orc.com/. (Links lead to nongovernment websites.)
8(a) STARS II, a small business set-aside GWAC, provides flexible access to customized IT solutions from a large, diverse pool of 8(a) industry partners.
With a $10 Billion program ceiling and a five-year base period with one five-year option, 8(a) STARS II allows for long-term planning of large-scale program requirements while strengthening opportunities for 8(a) small businesses.
8(a) STARS II features
Ceiling: $10 Billion
Period of performance: August 31, 2011 to August 30, 2016, with one five-year option from August 31, 2016 to August 30, 2021.
Four functional areas to meet your mission requirements
- Custom Computer Programming Services;
- Computer Systems Design Services;
- Computer Facilities Management Services; and
- Other Computer Related Services.
Two constellations based on industry accreditation
8(a) STARS II industry partners are classified in two constellations. Industry partners in both constellations have competitive pricing and technical proficiency. Constellation II also includes industry partners with an additional industry credential, such as Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) or ISO 9001 (quality management system) (Links lead to nongovernment websites.)
Directed task orders up to $4 million each
8(a) STARS II allows directed task order awards for orders under $4 Million, including options. Orders more than $4 Million must be competed among the industry partners in your chosen constellation and functional area.
Low 0.75 percent contract access fee
GWACs have the same low contract access fee as GSA Schedules.
Access to multiple types of task orders
8(a) STARS II offers fixed price, time and materials, labor hour, and blended task order types, providing greater flexibility in procuring different types of IT products and services and meeting your mission requirements.
How federal agencies have used 8(a) STARS II
Encouraging maximum small business utilization in contracting
The Department of Defense issued a memo on July 14, 2011, encouraging the use of 8(a) STARS II, among other small business GWACs, to meet the Department’s small business contracting and information technology needs. Read the July 14, 2011 memo (PDF, 146KB).
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