The General Services Administration (GSA) has issued the solicitation for the 8(a) STARS III governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC), the agency announced Monday.
“I am very proud of GSA’s work in developing the STARS III GWAC with a contract ceiling of $50 billion, more than twice the size of STARS II,” said Emily Murphy, administrator of GSA and 2020 Wash100 awardee. “STARS III continues GSA’s legacy of creating opportunities for small disadvantaged businesses while helping federal agencies accomplish information technology (IT) missions.”
The 8(a) STARS program has streamlined procurement solutions across agencies to simplify purchase information technology services from 8(a) prime contractors. The GWAC will include a greater focus on emerging technologies as well as performance outside of the United States. The STARS III contract ceiling will be $50 billion.
8(a) STARS III builds upon the achievements of STARS II, and will incorporate best practices and lessons learned from GSA’s partnership with stakeholders. STARS III will make it easier for agencies to meet socioeconomic goals with innovative solutions within specific master contract sub-areas.
“STARS III will increase opportunities for hundreds of 8(a) companies at a time when we’re heavily relying on their expertise to modernize the federal government’s IT infrastructure and improve virtual service delivery for citizens and employees in the U.S. and abroad,” said Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Julie Dunne.
GSA’s 8(a) STARS program has partnered with the Small Business Administration to support 8(a) firm development and has provided federal agencies a solution to manage IT services funding with small businesses.
“We are excited to expand the scope of the STARS III GWAC to cover OCONUS performance and address emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, robotic process automation and virtual reality,” added Dunne.
The mission of the U.S. General Services Administration is to deliver value and savings in real estate, acquisition, technology, and other mission-support services across the government. One of its four strategic goals is to establish GSA as the premier provider of efficient and effective acquisition solutions across the government.