GSA issues STARS III RFI
- By Mark Rockwell
- Aug 12, 2019
On Aug. 9, the General Services Administration sent out a request for information for the next iteration of its government wide IT acquisition contract for small business vendors.
Although prime contractors under GSA’s 8(a) Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resource for Services contract consist of small businesses, or 8(a), contractors, the STARS vehicle is considered by industry experts as an entry-level contract to get new innovative IT services vendors into the agency’s acquisition channels and grow their businesses.
The master contract has a ceiling of $20 billion over its five-year base period, with one three-year option, and will incorporate dozens of small business vendors, according to GSA. Stars II has a $10 billion ceiling over 10 years.
STARS II is also one of the GWAC vehicles the Department of Homeland Security turned to last February after it chose not to renew its $22 billion Security Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading-Edge Solutions II (EAGLE II) contract.
GSA said the ordering period for the current STARS II contract will end Aug. 30, 2021. The deadline for input on the STARS III RFI is Sept. 6.
Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.
Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.
Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.
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