|The 8(a) STARS II GWAC contract number GS-06F-0936Z was awarded on July 29, 2011. The STARS II contract is designed to promote small business utilization when purchasing information technology (IT) services or IT services-based solutions for the federal government. The 8(a) STARS II program is reserved exclusively for qualifying certified 8(a) small business concerns as the prime contractors per Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 19.8. For more details visit the GSA 8(a) STARS II website at www.gsa.gov/8astars2.|
8(a) STARS II design:
The 8(a) STARS II design consists of two constellations (tiers) based on industry accreditations.
Constellation I includes industry partners with competitive pricing and technical proficiency.
Constellation II includes industry partners who have competitive pricing, technical proficiency, and an additional industry credential. The industry credentials for constellation II include one or more of the following:
- Capability Maturity Model Integration II+ (services or development)
- ISO 9001: 2000 (replaced by ISO 9001:2008)
- ISO 9001: 2008
Each of the 8(a) STARS II constellations includes four functional areas designated by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). These NAICS functional areas are:
- 541511 — Custom Computer Programming Services
- 541512 — Computer Systems Design Services
- 541513 — Computer Facilities Management Services
- 541519 — Other Computer Related Service
8(a) STARS II features:
- Multiple award, indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle
- Five-year base with one five-year option
- $10 billion program ceiling
- Directed Order Authority: Directed task orders up to $4 million each are allowed for federal civilian and Department of Defense activities*
8(a) STARS II benefits:
- 8(a) socioeconomic credit transferrable to the agency
- Pre-competed, easy to use contracts
- Access to proven 8(a) small business technology providers
- Shortened procurement lead time
- A low user access fee (0.75 percent) built into contractor's ceiling prices
- Supports Small Businesses: Supports reputable small businesses and meets your procurement preference goals. 8(a) credit* can be transferred back to client agency via the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS).
- Directed Order Authority: Directed task orders up to $4 million each are allowed for federal civilian and Department of Defense activities.** Orders over $4 million are competed amongst the industry partners in the chosen Functional Area.
- Ease-of-use: Pre-competed, easy-to-use contracts provide agencies with the benefit of limited protestability (in accordance with NDAA 2008) and worldwide geographical coverage. Hardware, software, and services may be procured as part of an integrated technology solution.
- Cost Savings: Streamlined acquisitions shorten procurement lead times and a low user fee (0.75 percent) is built into contractors' ceiling prices.
- Expert Assistance: The Small Business GWAC Center offers Information Technology (IT) specialty contract administration and skilled guidance on the use of the 8(a) STARS GWAC. The Center conducts free statement of work reviews and provides assistance with capabilities statement requests.
TecPort's STARS II contract number is GS-06F-0936Z.