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General Description

8(a) Stars III Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) TENAX holds a Prime 8(a) STARS III (Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resources for Services) GWAC. 8(a) STARS III is a multiple-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (MA-ID/IQ) contract designed to provide federal agencies with Innovative Information Technology (IT) services-based solutions from award-winning 8(a) small businesses. Using 8(a) STARS III will enable you to access 8(a) firms through an established contract vehicle instead of traditional open-market methods – saving time and taxpayer money.

Contract Scope

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. In addition to the general IT services scope, 8(a) STARS III includes two focused scope sub-areas: Emerging Technologies (ET) and OCONUS Place of Performance. 8(a) STARS III prime contractors in the ET scope sub-area have experience providing evolving state-of-the-art emerging technologies such as technological convergence, robotic process automation, autonomic computing, and more. Prime contractors in the OCONUS scope sub-area have experience providing IT services in an Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS) location.

  • $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

  • Offers 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 $10 million, 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


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Period of Performance

The 8(a) STARS III GWAC ordering period is a five year base with one three year option. This ordering period is July 2, 2021 through July 1, 2026 with one three-year option.

An Order may be issued, with or without option periods, provided:
(1) The Order PoP is consistent with the customer agency’s policy and fiscal law on task order duration and funding.
(2) The Order PoP is not greater than five years beyond the final day of the Master Contract ordering period.

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Contact Information


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


Tamera Rush, CEO,
8(a) STARS III Program Manager 
410-975-8750 I


Jessica Montana,
8(a) STARS III Deputy Program Manager 
667-229-5943 I


Ordering Information

Before issuing task orders against 8(a) STARS III, Contracting Officers (COs) must complete training on the use of the 8(a) STARS III contract and obtain a written Delegation of Procurement Authority (DPA) from the GSA 8(a) STARS III CO. Training is offered at no cost via: 

•    Self-paced online courses
•    On-site training conferences and events
•    Web or audio conferences

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