GSA forecasts Stars III solicitation

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The General Services Administration will issue the final solicitation for the next iteration of its popular 8(a) Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resource for Services (8(a) STARS) multiple award contract by the end of September, according to one of the contract's top managers.

In a June 10 blog post, Laura Stanton, acting assistant commissioner of GSA's Federal Acquisition Services' Office of Information Technology Category, said the agency will issue the final solicitation for the contract by end of the federal government's fiscal year on Sept. 30.

The initial Stars III request for information went out last August.

Participation is open to small companies with the Small Business Administration's 8(a) designation -- those that are majority owned by U.S. citizens that meets criteria for being economically and socially disadvantaged.

In early April, the 8(a) STARS II governmentwide contract hit its $15 billion ordering obligation limit. GSA said in mid-May that task orders on the vehicle are still permissible for agencies whose contracting officers have obtained a control number from the agency to use the contract vehicle, but new control numbers are no longer being issued.

The STARS II contract was originally planned to run until Aug. 30, 2021. GSA issued the draft 8(a) STARS III solicitation last August.

The agency has raised 8(a) STARS II ceiling "more than once" to accommodate demand," said Stanton in her post, who added that the agency is working on ways to continue to use the contract.

The repeated increase in the ceiling value, she said, shows its continuing popularity for agencies looking to connect with innovative small business tech providers.

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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, 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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