KHS Technologies, a Karsun Solutions and Mindcubed 8(a) Mentor-Protege Joint Venture, announced it was awarded a spot on the Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resources for Services III (STARS III) contract by the General Services Administration (GSA). A Best-in-Class (BIC), government-wide acquisition contract (GWAC), STARS III has a $50 billion ceiling over up to eight years. This second wave of awardees adds over 500 small businesses to the pool of vendors. The vehicle is designed to increase agency access to emerging technology via small businesses.
The STARS III GWAC saves time and money by reducing procurement lead time. Federal agencies may sole-source task orders up to the 8(a) competitive threshold. It is a pre-competed, easy-to-use contract with streamlined ordering procedures based on FAR 16.505. Under the GWAC there are no protests on orders under $10 million, except on the grounds that the order increases the scope, period or maximum value of the GWAC.
The simple five-step ordering process is outlined at https://www.gsa.gov/technology/technology-purchasing-programs/governmentwide-acquisition-contracts/8a-stars-iii
GSA 8(a) STARS III
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