General Services Administration 
8(a) STARS III GWAC

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General Services Administration (GSA) 8(a) STARS III GWAC
Contract: 47QCTB-21D-0238 
Contract Ordering Period: July 2, 2021 - July 1, 2026, with one, 3-year option

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

  • $50 Billion program ceiling and five-year base period with one three (3)-year option.

  • Allows for directed award task orders up to $4.5 Million, under the competitive threshold.

  • While some sole source orders are flagged as “high risk,” this is not the case with 8(a) directed orders.

  • Contract types include: Fixed-Price, Time-and-materials, Labor Hour, and Incentives. Allow for directed awards on task order up to $4.5M.

  • 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.

Benefits

  • Allows for long term planning of large scale program requirements.

  • Allows for directed task orders up to $4.5 Million, under the competitive threshold. While some sole source orders are 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.

  • 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. 8(a) STARS III resulted from a competitive 8(a) procurement, which was offered to and accepted into the SBA 8(a) program. All sole source/directed orders require offer and acceptance from SBA.

DUNS: 807821579

CAGE: 512C0

Program Manager: 

John Broughton

jbroughton@knowesis-inc.com

STARS3@knowesis-inc.com

For more information visit the Government Site at www.gsa.gov/s3