GSA 8(a) STARS II


SNAP won a GSA 8(a) STARS II Contract, a multiple-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract engineered to provide cutting-edge technology solutions from award-winning 8(a) small businesses to federal agencies. The current contract term is one five-year base period which began upon award in August 2011.

8(a) STARS Contract Number: GS-06F-0669Z

Contract Scope


Using 8(a) STARS enables federal agencies to access 8(a) firms through an established contract vehicle instead of traditional, open market methods, saving both time and taxpayer money. Centered on four functional areas (FA) derived from the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS), the contract is structured with two tiers, known as constellations, designed to provide additional benefits and more flexibility to the customer.

Constellation I includes prime contractors who are technically proficient and offer competitive pricing.

Constellation II includes prime contractors who provide the same strengths as those in Constellation I, plus the additional benefit of either a Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Level II or above or an ISO 9001:2000 or 9001:2008 credential.

SNAP won contracts in both Constellation I and Constellation II for all functions areas, which includes:

  • FA 1-Custom Computer Programming Services (NAICS 541511)

  • FA 2-Computer Systems Design Services (NAICS 541512)

  • FA 3-Computer Facilities Management Services (NAICS 541513)

  • FA 4-Other Computer Related Services (NAICS 541519)

FA 1-Custom Computer Programming Services (NAICS 541511)

This functional area comprises services for writing, modifying, testing, and supporting software to meet the needs of a particular customer. Services include:

  • Custom computer applications software programming services

  • Custom computer program or software development

  • Custom computer programming services

  • Custom computer software analysis and design services

  • Custom computer software programming services

  • Custom computer software support services

  • Web (i.e. Internet) page design services, custom

FA 2-Computer Systems Design Services (NAICS 541512)

This functional area includes planning and designing computer systems that integrate computer hardware, software, and communication technologies. The hardware and software components of the system may be provided as part of integrated services or may be provided by third parties or vendors. These services can also include system installation, training and support. Other services include:

  • CAD (computer-aided design) systems integration design services

  • CAE (computer-aided engineering) systems integration design

  • CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) systems integration design

  • Computer hardware consulting services or consultants

  • Computer software consulting services or consultants

  • Computer systems integration analysis and design services

  • Computer systems integration design consulting services

  • Computer integrator services

  • Information management computer systems integration design services

  • Local Area Network (LAN) computer systems integration design services

  • Computer network systems design services

  • Office automation computer systems integration design services

FA 3-Computer Facilities Management Services (NAICS 541513)

This functional area is comprised of efforts aimed primarily at providing onsite management and operation of computer systems and/or data processing facilities services. These include:

  • Computer systems facilities management and operation services

  • Data processing facilities management and operation services

  • Computer systems or data processing facilities management and operation services

  • Computer systems or data process facilities support services

FA 4-Other Computer Related Services (NAICS 541519)

This functional area covers computer related services (except custom programming, systems integration design, and facilities management services). A few of the services included are:

  • Computer disaster recovery services

  • Computer software installation services

Quick STARS Facts


  • 8(a) STARS II is GSA’s 3rd generation 8(a) GWAC

  • 8(a) STARS allows directed task orders up to $4M

  • No offer and acceptance letter is required from the Small Business Administration (SBA)

  • No FedBizOpps synopsis is required

  • Complimentary task order scope compatibility reviews are provided by the Small Business GWAC Center

  • Task orders may be issued directly or by a 3rd party acquisition shop such as GSA’s Office of Assisted Acquisition Services

  • Web (i.e. Internet) page design services, custom

Key Features and Benefits


Feature Benefit
$10B program ceiling and five-year base period with one, five-year option period Allows for long term planning of large scale program requirements
Directed task orders up to $4M Enhanced opportunities for 8(a) firms and government agencies to meet minority sourcing requirements
Access to exceptionally qualified 8(a) small business industry partners Enables federal customers to earn 8(a) small business credit
Multiple contract types include: Firm fixed price, labor hour, and time and material terms Offers flexibility of contract types to mitigate risk
Two tiered service levels provided by the constellations Offers access to a pool of contractors with additional industry credentials allowing the customer to more closely match needs and requirements to costs
Pre-completed, 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 review Promotes contract compliance and reduces risk of adverse audits

8(a) STARS II Frequently Asked Questions


I am a federal contracting officer who is interested in the 8(a) STARS II GWAC. How do I get training on the contract?

Contracting officers who are interested in receiving training on the 8(a) STARS II GWAC should visit the 8(a) STARS II training page for more information on training opportunities.

Can I issue task orders on the 8(a) STARS II GWAC?

The 8(a) STARS II GWAC is open for business and can accept new task orders. As a reminder, contracting officers must take training and obtain a delegation of procurement authority prior to issuing task orders on the contract.

8(a) STARS II Resources


8( a) STARS II Website

www.gsa.gov/8astars2

8(a) STARS II Ordering Guide

The STARS II ordering guide is an excellent resource that provides guidance to acquisition activities when planning task order awards on the 8(a) STARS II GWAC. The ordering guide may be accessed via the 8(a) STARS II Document Library on the website.