GSA 8(a) STARS II is a multiple award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract centered on four functional areas derived from the North American Industrial Classification Systems (NAICS). Knowesis is an awardee of all four (4) of the Functional Areas associated with Constellation I of this service contract.

Functional Category 1 (CIFA1): Custom Computer Programming Services (NAICS #541511)

  • Applications software programming

  • Program or software development

  • Programming services

  • Software analysis and design

  • Software programming

  • Software support services

  • Website design

Functional Category 2 (CIFA2): Computer Systems Design Services (NAICS #541512)

  • Computer hardware and software consulting

  • Computer systems integration analysis and design

  • Computer integrator services

  • Information management computer systems integration design

  • Local Area Network (LAN) computer systems integration design

  • Computer network systems design

  • Office automation computer systems integration design

Functional Category 3 (CIFA3): Computer Facilities Management Services (NAICS #541513)

  • Computer systems facilities management and operation services

  • Data processing facilities management and operation services

  • Computer systems or data processing facilities management and operation services

Functional Category 4 (CIFA4): Other Computer Services (NAICS # 541519)

  • Computer disaster recovery services

  • Computer software installation services

Features and Benefits


  • $10B program ceiling and five-year base period with one, five-year option

  • Directed task orders up to $4M, under the competitive threshold per FAR 19.804-6. The rationale at FAR 19.804-2(a)10, (i) or (ii), is germane to directed orders. While some sole source is flagged as “high risk,” that is not the case with 8(a) directed orders.

  • Contract types include: Fixed-Price Family (FAR 16.2), Time & Materials (FAR 16.6), Labor-Hour (FAR 16.6), Hybrid blends, and Incentives (FAR 16.4)

  • Permits other direct costs to include ancillary services and/or equipment that the Government determines to be integral and necessary to the IT services-based solution

  • Access to exceptionally qualified 8(a) small business industry partners​

  • Pre-competed, easy-to-use contract with streamlined ordering procedures based on FAR 16.505​

  • Compliance with Section 843 of the NDAA of 2008 and Section 863 of NDAA 2009 (DoD). DoD bought close to a Billion dollars on STARS I​

  • Limited protests on orders under $10M​


  • Allows for long term planning of large scale program requirement

  • Directed task orders up to $4M, under the competitive threshold per FAR 19.804-6. The rationale at FAR 19.804-2(a)10, (i) or (ii), is germane to directed orders. While some sole source is flagged as “high risk,” that is not the case with 8(a) directed orders.

  • Offers flexibility of contract types to
    mitigate risk

  • Provides flexibility at the order level and facilitates integrated IT solutions

  • Enables federal clients to earn 8(a) small business credit

  • Saves time and money by reducing procurement lead time

  • FAR 16.505 Fair Opportunity process supports best value awards

  • Minimizes protest risk and supports timely order award for optimal mission support

Ordering from STARS II

8(a) STARS II was authorized under the provisions of Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act 15 U.S.C. 637(a) and retains the 8(a) sole source, a/k/a/ “directed order”, authority found in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 19.8. 8(a) STARS II resulted from a competitive 8(a) procurement, which was offered to and accepted into the SBA 8(a) program; therefore order requirements do not require an additional offer and acceptance from SBA per 19.804-6(a).

An Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memorandum dated June 6, 2008, titled “Improving the Management and Use of Interagency Acquisitions” establishes that using a GWAC, such as STARS II, is presumed to be in the Government’s best interest. In a July 29, 2009, memorandum from the OMB, the Director cited that Agencies should not count as high risk those acquisitions made noncompetitively pursuant to a statute, including sole source awards made under the small business development 8(a) program.

The Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy issued a memorandum dated July 14, 2011, identifying 8(a) STARS II as a contract to be considered by DoD organizations during market research in support of maximizing small business prime contracting opportunities.

Federal contracting officers (CO) who wish to use 8(a) STARS II must receive a STARS II overview training and Delegation of Procurement Authority (DPA). Orders can be awarded by warranted CO who have received a written Delegation of (DPA). There are various ways to receive STARS II DPA training: 1) through a self-paced on-line course; 2) via conference call; 3) through on-site training for large groups; 4) webinar; 5) video teleconference; or 6) by reviewing and understanding the STARS II Ordering Guide. For more details, please visit: STARS II Delegation of Procurement Authority (


Program Manager
John Broughton

Knowesis, Inc.
1115 S. Alamo Street, STE 2208
San Antonio, TX 78210