The 8(a) Streamlined Technology Application Resources for Services (STARS) III
GWAC, is a Multiple Award Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (MA-IDIQ) small
business set-aside contract to provide flexible access to customized IT solutions from a
large, diverse pool of 8(a) industry partners. This next-generation GWAC enables C-HIT
to provide IT services and IT services-based solutions to our Government customers.
The 8(a) STARS III GWAC ordering period is a five-year base with one three-
year option. This ordering period began on July 2, 2021.
The ceiling for 8(a) STARS III is $50 billion.
8(a) STARS III allows for fixed price, time and materials, labor-hour, or a hybrid
blend of these task order types.
The contract access fee for the 8(a) STARS III GWAC is .75%, the same as GSA
As a Best-in-Class contract, 8(a) STARS III is designated by the Office of
Management and Budget as a preferred governmentwide solution.
What is the Contract Scope
Examples of work to be performed include the following:
Information and Communications Technology
IT Operations and Maintenance
IT Security/IT workforce augmentation
Emerging Technology-focused IT Services
Artificial Intelligence (including Machine Learning, Deep Learning/Neural
Networks, Natural Language Generation)
Robotic Process Automation
Ancillary Support for Services and/or Equipment
Why GSA 8(a) STARS III
$50 billion program ceiling and five-year base period with one three-year option
Ability to sole source to 8(a) partners for task orders under $4.5 million
Contract types include fixed-price, labor-hour, and time-and-material terms
Ancillary services and/or equipment are permitted when 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
Complimentary scope compatibility reviews
No protests on orders under $10 million, except on the grounds that the order
increases the scope, period, or maximum value of the GWAC