Acquisition Update: 6/17/2022 - GSA has awarded the third and final cohort of the 8(a) STARS III GWAC. A link to the press release can be found here. The complete list of 8(a) STARS III industry partners may be found here [XLSX - 212 KB].
Cohort 3 awardees are not eligible for task order awards until GSA issues the notice to proceed which is expected in mid-July.
The Best-in-Class 8(a) STARS III GWAC is a small business set-aside contract that provides flexible access to customized IT solutions from a large, diverse pool of 8(a) industry partners. The 8(a) STARS III GWAC:
Expands capabilities for emerging technologies,
Supports both outside of the continental United States (OCONUS) and CONUS requirements,
Features limited protestability up to $10M, and
Offers expert guidance from the GSA team, including free scope review services and market research
Ordering Period: Five year base with one three year option, started July 2, 2021
Task Order Types: Fixed price, time and materials, labor-hour or a hybrid blend
Contract Access Fee: 0.75%, the same as GSA Schedules
All members of the acquisition team are encouraged to attend 8(a) STARS III Delegation of Procurement Authority (DPA) training. This training is required for contracting officers prior to placing task orders on the contract. DPA training options include live webinars, a YouTube video series, a GSA Acquisition Gateway video or a review of the contract ordering guide. Following training, the contracting officer will need to submit an online DPA request form.
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