General Services Administration
STARS III

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General Services Administration (GSA) STARS III
Contract Number 47QCTB-21D-0238 effective
July 2, 2021 – July 1, 2026:

The STARS III is a 8(a) small business set-aside Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). It provides flexible access to customized IT solutions from 8(a) industry partners like Knowesis. This next-generation GWAC is built on a framework to buy total IT solutions and will expand capabilities for emerging technologies and outside the continental United States (OCONUS) requirements. Contact us at STARS3@Knowesis-inc.com for information and assistance.

Features and Benefits

Features

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

  • Directed award task orders up to $4.5 Million, under the competitive threshold per Federal Acquisition Regulation (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,” this is not the case with 8(a) directed orders.

  • Contract types include: Fixed-Price (FAR 16.2), Time-and-materials (FAR 16.6), Labor-Hour (FAR 16.6),
    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

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

Benefits

  • Allows for long term planning of large scale program requirements

  • Directed task orders up to $4.5 Million, 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,” this 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 for orders under $10 Millions and supports timely order award for optimal mission support

Ordering from STARS III
 

STARS III 8(a) 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, also referred to as, “directed order,” authority found in FAR 19.8., 8(a) STARS III 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).

DUNS: 807821579

CAGE: 512C0

Contact

Program Manager: 

John Broughton

JBroughton@Knowesis-inc.com

STARS3@Knowesis-inc.com