GSA 8(a) Streamlined Technology Application Resource for Services (STARS) II


Contract Number: GS00Q17GWD2287
Contract Period: 8/31/2011 – 8/30/2021
Contract Type: GWAC Multiple Award IDIQ
Task Order Types: Fixed Price, Time and Material, Labor Hour, and Mixed Orders
Task Order Duration: Up to 7 years
Point of Contact: Mr. Karthik Balasubramanian
Email: stars2@karthikconsulting.com
KC DUNS: 828199880
Eligibility: All federal agencies may place task orders against this contract.
Program Ceiling: $10 Billion
GSA (8a) STARS II Website: http://www.gsa.gov/stars2
STARS II Ordering Guide: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/209173

STARS II is the Right Choice

Streamlined and Flexible. That is why GSA created this third generation Government-wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) and why hundreds of federal defense and civilian organizations over the past dozen years made the two predecessor 8(a) GWACs their vehicles of choice. The STARS II GWAC is set aside for small businesses that participate in the Small Business Administration 8(a) program. It provides all federal defense and civilian agencies with an efficient, flexible way to order information technology services and solutions worldwide while accruing 8(a) socio-economic credit.

About GSA (8a) STARS II

The 8(a) STARS II Government wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) design consists of two constellations (tiers) based on industry accreditation.  Constellation I (C1) includes industry partners with competitive pricing and technical proficiency.  Constellation II (C2) includes industry partners who have competitive pricing, technical proficiency, and an additional industry credential.  Constellation II prime contractors provide the same strengths as Constellation I, plus the added benefit of either a Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Level II+ Services or Development credential and/or an ISO 9001:2008 or later credential.

In addition, each of the 8(a) STARS II constellations includes four functional areas designated by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).  The Karthik Consulting STARS II award includes C1FA1, C1FA2, C1FA3, C1FA4; C2FA1, C2FA2, C2FA3, C2FA4:

  • Functional Area 1 (FA1)
    NAICS 541511 – CUSTOM COMPUTER PROGRAMMING SERVICES
    This U.S. industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in writing, modifying, testing, and supporting software to meet the needs of a particular customer.

    • 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
  • Functional Area 2 (FA2)
    NAICS 541512 – COMPUTER SYSTEMS DESIGN SERVICESThis U.S. industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in planning and designing computer systems that integrate computer hardware, software, and communication technologies.  The hardware and software components of the system may be provided by this establishment or company as part of integrated services or may be provided by third parties or vendors.  These establishments often install the system and train and support users of the system.

    • 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
  • Functional Area 3 (FA3)
    NAICS 541513 – COMPUTER FACILITIES MANAGEMENT SERVICES
    This U.S. industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in providing on-site management, and operation of clients computer systems and/or data processing facilities. Establishments providing computer systems or data processing facilities support services are included in this industry.

    • 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
  • Functional Area 4 (FA4)
    NAICS 541519- OTHER COMPUTER RELATED SERVICESThis U.S. industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in providing computer related services (except custom programming, systems integration design, and facilities management services).  Establishments providing computer disaster recovery services or software installation services are included in this industry.

    • Computer disaster recovery services
    • Computer software installation services

Features

  • Pre-competed, multiple award contracts
  • Aligned with Federal Enterprise Architecture
  • Five-year base with one, five-year option
  • Contract types: fixed price, labor hour, and time and material terms
  • Ordering procedures based on Fair Opportunity (FAR 16.505)
  • Directed task orders up to $4 million
  • Program ceiling – $10 billion

Benefits

  • Directed task orders up to $4M
  • Enables federal clients to earn 8(a) and Small Business credit
  • Pre-competed, easy-to-use contracts
  • Saves time and money by reducing procurement lead time
  • Free Training and support from STARS II GWAC acquisition team
  • Avoids bundling concerns
  • Limited protestability in accordance with NDAA 2008
  • Low user fee (0.0075) capped for large orders
  • Allows for long term planning of large scale program requirements
  • Offers flexibility of contract types to mitigate risk
  • Facilitates integrated IT solutions
  • Promotes contract compliance and reduces risk of adverse audits
  • FAR 16.505 Fair Opportunity process supports best value awards
  • Minimizes protest risk and supports timely order award for optimal mission support