GSA 8(a) Stars II

General Description

MPF Federal is now providing cutting-edge technology solutions under GSA’s 8(a) STARS II GWAC, a government-wide indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract engineered to provide all federal agencies with access to award-winning small businesses. This established contract vehicle streamlines the procurement process, saving time and taxpayer money.

For the Government, STARS II offers streamlined procurement for participants since prices have been pre-competed. Because each technology provider has been proven, agencies are assured of quality work with a much shorter procurement lead-time and lower user access fees while receiving socioeconomic credit.

Contract Information

Scope of Awarded Contract

STARS II is intended to support federal agency Information Technology (IT) requirements. The contract offers simple to complex IT service solutions, such as: IT help desk support, information assurance, cyber-security, virtualization, IPV6, Web 2.0, and more. The geographical scope of coverage is worldwide and organizational scope of coverage includes those entities authorized in GSA Order ADM 4800. FEFA has been awarded the 8(a) STARS II GWAC in the following STARS II streamline acquisition in four functional areas, organized by NAICS code:

  • FA1 NAICS 541511 Custom Computer Programming Services
  • FA2 NAICS 541512 Computer Systems Design Services
  • FA3 NAICS 541513 Computer Facilities Management Services
  • FA4 NAICS 541519 Other Computer Related Services

Our Professionals Support a Variety of Efforts

  • IT Facility Operation and Maintenance
  • IT Systems Development Services
  • IT Systems Analysis Services
  • Automated Information Systems Design and Integration Services
  • Programming Services
  • IT Data Conversion Services
  • IT Backup and Security Services
  • IT Network Management Services
  • Automated News Services, Data Services or Other Information Services
  • Other Information Technology Services, Not Elsewhere Classified

Features and Benefits STARS II

Features Benefits
$10B program ceiling and five-year base period with one, five-year option Allows for long term planning of large scale program requirement
Directed task orders up to $4M, under the competitive threshold per FAR 19.804-6. The rationale at FAR 19.804-2(a)10, (i) or (ii), is germane to directed orders. While some sole source is flagged as “high risk,” that is not the case with 8(a) directed orders. Enhanced opportunities for government to engage the right skills very quickly
Contract types include: Fixed-Price Family (FAR 16.2), Time & Materials (FAR 16.6), Labor-Hour (FAR 16.6), Hybrid blends, and Incentives (FAR 16.4) Offers flexibility of contract types to mitigate risk
Permits other direct costs to include ancillary services and/or equipment that the Government determines to be integral and necessary to the IT services-based solution Provides flexibility at the order level and facilitates integrated IT solutions
Access to exceptionally qualified 8(a) small business industry partners Enables federal clients to earn 8(a) small business credits
Pre-competed, easy-to-use contract with streamlined ordering procedures based on FAR 16.505 Saves time and money by reducing procurement lead time
Compliance with Section 843 of the NDAA of 2008 and Section 863 of NDAA 2009 (DoD). DoD bought close to a Billion dollars on STARS I FAR 16.505 Fair Opportunity process supports best value awards
Limited protests on orders under $10M Minimizes protest risk and supports timely order award for optimal mission support

Ordering from STARS II

STARS II was authorized under the provisions of Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act 15 U.S.C. 637(a) and retains the 8(a) sole source, a/k/a “directed order”, authority found in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 19.8. STARS II resulted from a competitive 8(a) procurement, which was offered to and accepted into the SBA 8(a) program; therefore, order requirements do not require an additional offer and acceptance from SBA per 19.804-6(a).

An Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memorandum dated June 6, 2008, titled “Improving the Management and Use of Interagency Acquisitions” establishes that using a GWAC, such as STARS II, is presumed to be in the Government’s best interest. In a July 29, 2009, memorandum from the OMB, the Director cited that Agencies should not count as high risk those acquisitions made noncompetitively pursuant to a statute, including sole source awards made under the small business development 8(a) program.

The Director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy issued a memorandum dated July 14, 2011, identifying STARS II as a contract to be considered by DoD organizations during market research in support of maximizing small business prime contracting opportunities.

Federal contracting officers (CO) who wish to use STARS II must receive a STARS II overview training and Delegation of Procurement Authority (DPA). Orders can be awarded by warranted CO who have received a written DPA. There are various ways to receive STARS II DPA training:

  1. Through a self-paced on-line course;
  2. Via conference call;
  3. Through on-site training for large groups;
  4. Webinar;
  5. Video teleconference; or
  6. By reviewing and understanding the STARS II Ordering Guide.

For more details, please visit: STARS II Delegation of Procurement Authority (http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/209173).

FEFA Contact Information

For detailed information on how FEFA, LLC can meet your needs using this contract, please contact:

FEFA, LLC
Office: (301) 998-6584
Email: info@fefallc.com
Program Manager: Marcy Welkie
Email: mwelkie@fefallc.com

GSA Contacts

For more information about how the 8(a) STARS II GWAC can help your agency with information technology requirements, contact The Small Business GWAC Center at (877) 327-8732, e-mail S2@gsa.gov, or visit http://www.gsa.gov/8astars2.

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

8(a) STARS II GWAC Contract: http://triforce-inc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/8aSTARSIIContract.pdf

8(a) STARS II Pricing Information: http://triforce-inc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Pricing-Information.xls

8(a) STARS brochure: https://cmls.gsa.gov/servlet/servlet.FileDownload?retURL=%2Fapex%2FCMLSPubCategory%3FsearchKey%3DSTARS%2BII&file=00P3000000O0ABVEA3