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The Best-in-Class 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.


  • Directed order authority:  Directed (non-competitive) task orders up to $4.5M each are allowed

  • Expands capabilities for emerging technologies,

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

  • Features limited protestability up to $10M, and

  • Offers expert guidance from the GSA team, including free scope review services and market research


The scope of the 8(a) STARS III Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) is centered on North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code 541512 but may include other NAICS codes that are predominately IT services. These may include, but are not limited to, 541511, 541513, 541519, and 518210. The contract offers IT services ranging from simple to complex and services-based solutions such as IT help-desk support, information assurance, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and more.

Features and Benefits

$50 billion program ceiling and five-year base period with one three-year option

Allows for long-term planning of large-scale program requirements

Sole-source task orders up to the 8(a) competitive threshold

Enhances opportunities for 8(a) firms

Contract types include fixed-price, labor-hour, and time-and-material terms

Offers flexibility of contract types to mitigate risk

Two focused scope sub-areas

Access to contractors with demonstrated experience in either emerging technology or performance in an OCONUS location

Ancillary services and/or equipment are permitted when integral and necessary to the IT services-based solution Facilitates integrated IT services-based solutions

Access to exceptionally qualified 8(a) small-business industry partners

Enables federal clients to earn small-disadvantaged business (SDB) credit

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

Saves time and money by reducing procurement lead time

Complimentary scope compatibility reviews Promotes contract compliance and reduces risk of adverse audits

No protests on orders under $10M, except on the grounds that the order increases the scope, period, or maximum value of the GWAC

Minimizes protest risk and supports timely order award for optimal mission support

Contract Information

Contract Program Manager

Nicholas Nguyen

BrightPoint STARS III Contract Number:





UEI Number:


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Contract Type:

Governmentwide Acquisition Contract


$50 billion

Ordering Period:

07/02/2021 thru 07/01/2026 with one three-year option

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

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. Directed awards allowed for orders up to the 8(a) Competitive Threshold.

Head Office

8280 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Suite 600

Fairfax, VA, 22031

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