The 8(a) Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resource for Services (STARS) III Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) is a Multiple Award, Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (MA-IDIQ) contract to provide information technology (IT) services and IT services-based solutions to the federal government. It is reserved for 8(a) prime contractors and established under the authority of the Small Business Act.

8(a) STARS III incorporates authority for Ordering Contracting Officers (OCOs) to set aside task orders among the contract holders for various small business types listed in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 19.000(a)(3). This provides OCOs the ability to target by set-aside a specific sub-group of the STARS III contract holders for task order award. It is also operated in concert with authority from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which has designated the GSA as an Executive Agent (EA) for Governmentwide IT acquisitions pursuant to Section 5112(e) of the Clinger-Cohen Act, 40 U.S.C. 11302(e).

The STARS III contract has a ceiling of $50 billion. The primary North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code for the Master Contract is designated as 541512, Computer Systems Design Services. Requirements that align with other IT services NAICS codes are within the scope of the STARS III GWAC. These NAICS codes include, but are not limited to: 541511, 541513, 541519, 518210. For more about the GSA STARS III see:

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Contractor Information:
Contract Vehicle: GSA STARS III
Contract Number: 47QTCB21D0269
DUNS Number: 079245380
Cage Code: 71UR5

GSA STARS III Program Manager:
Bruce Higgins (Chief Growth Officer)