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GSA 8a Stars III


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GSA 8(a) STARS III GWAC is a small business set-aside contract that provides flexible access to customized IT solutions from a large, diverse pool of 8(a) industry partners. It is a multiple-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (MA-ID/IQ) contract designed to provide federal agencies with innovative information technology (IT) services-based solutions from award winning 8(a) small businesses. Using 8(a) STARS III will enable you to access 8(a) firms through an established contract vehicle instead of traditional open-market methods – saving time and taxpayer money.

Step Ahead Contract Details:

Contract Vehicle: GSA 8a Stars III GWAC
Program Manager : Ms Sofia Kenny,
Contract #: 47QTCB22D0638
CAGE Code: 5RYG4
DUNS #: 623505950

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The highlights of the contract vehicle:

Dramatically expands capabilities for emerging technologies

Supports both outside of the continental United States (OCONUS) and CONUS requirements

$50B ceiling;

Directed task order awards up to $4.5M

Limited protestability up to $10M;

Five-year ordering period with one three-year option period, performance can extend 5 years beyond the contract ordering end date

FFP, T&M, Labor Hour, and Hybrid contract types

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

Complimentary scope compatibility reviews

Alignment with Executive Order 13985 - Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government

Expert guidance from the GSA team, including free scope review services and market research


Contract Specifications:

Task Order

Contract Type: Governmentwide Acquisition Contract

Ceiling: $50 billion

Task Order Performance can go 5 years beyond Contract ordering end date.

Task Order Types: Fixed price, time and materials, labor-hour or a hybrid blend

Contract Access Fee: 0.75%, the same as GSA Schedules

Contract Scope

There are no functional areas on STARS III so they should not be referenced, 8(a) STARS III was awarded under NAICS: 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.

Emerging Technologies

Emerging technologies evolving state-of-the-art information technologies and their use in solutions to improve and/or transform business processes and enhance mission delivery.

Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence

Deep Learning/Neural Networks

Natural Language Generation

Autonomic Computing

Blockchain and/or Distributed Ledger

Robotic Process Automation

Technological Convergence

Virtual Reality, including Augmented Reality, Extended Reality, Mixed Reality

CMMC 2.0

  • CMMC consulting
  • CMMC assessment
  • CMMC training
  • CMMC Implementation
  • CMMC readiness reviews and certifications
  • Step Ahead CMMC link. (RP, RPO, LTP)


  • Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (Synchronized Security)
  • Continuous Security Monitoring Services
  • Identity Management and Access Management
  • Information Assurance
  • Intrusion Detection
  • IT Disaster Recovery Services
  • IT Security Incident Response
  • Network Security Monitoring
  • Security Assessment Services / Vulnerability Analysis Services
  • CMMC 2.0 implementation and readiness

Cloud Computing

  • AWS IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS
  • Google Cloud Platform
  • Microsoft Azure Cloud platform
  • AWS, Google, Microsoft reseller and MSP
  • Cloud migrations and cross cloud backups

Data Management

  • Master Data Management
  • Customer Data Integration
  • Data Governance,
  • Data Quality Management,
  • Data Security Management,
  • Data Lakes, Big Data, and Enterprise Data Warehouse
  • Data Visualization and Business Analytics

Information & Communications Technology

  • Collaboration Technology Services
  • IPv6 Implementation and Support Services
  • Telepresence and Video Services
  • Virtual Private Network (VPN) and other Remote Network Access Services
  • Voice over IP (VoIP) Services

IT Operations & Maintenance

  • Data Center Management
  • Email and File Server Management
  • eLearning using Learning Management Systems
  • eLearning content development and management
  • Device Management including BYOD and Mobile

IT Consulting and Staff Augmentation

  • IT Resources for IT needs
  • Enterprise Application development
  • Programming in front-end and back-end application development
  • Database administration, management and development
  • Core technology skills in Oracle, Microsoft, Linux, Java, Sophos,
  • Barracuda, AWS, Google, and IBM
  • Mobile Application Development Services,
  • Software Design,
  • Software Maintenance,
  • Software Programming,
  • Software Testing,
  • Web Development

Systems Design

  • Computer Systems Integration,
  • Configuration Management
  • Software Development Life Cycle
  • Agile Management and PMM
  • Network Infrastructure Design
  • Office Automation Computer Systems Integration Design
  • Smart Buildings Systems Integration