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The following is a cursory, high-level review of the STARS III solicitation (opportunity)

To receive a copy of Rainmaker GPS's STARS III Analysis

or to Confirm that Your Firm Qualifies for a STARS III Contract Award (based upon current solicitation draft),

go to Analysis Request

STARS III Overview - from Draft Solicitation

The 8(a) Streamlined Technology Application Resource for Services (STARS) III Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) a/k/a STARS III:

  • A Multiple Award, Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity (MA-IDIQ) contract

  • A Master Contract award reserved exclusively for qualifying Small Business Administration (SBA) certified 8(a) prime contractors with competitive prices

    • Company must be a current 8(a) at the time of submission​ (also defined as the Solicitation Closing Date)

  • Created to provide Information Technology (IT) services and IT service-based solutions

  • Requires demonstration of a contractor's technical proficiency 

  • Requires competitive pricing (Ceiling Rates) for 141 labor categories for 13 years (Contractor Site and Government Site pricing)

  • Allows for subcontracting and teaming at the Master Contract level - but is highly restrictive

  • Allows for joint ventures to capitalize on individual company's experience and past performance - but the JV structure is highly restrictive and must be assembled/created correctly to qualify
  • A Dun &Bradstreet Open Ratings report is not required to demonstrate quality of past performance
  • Requires the submission of Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) when available
  • Requires the submission of an acceptable Uncompensated Overtime policy
  • Requires the submission of an acceptable Total Compensation Plan
  • Requires that each acceptable Relevant Experience/Past Performance example have a minimum of one (1) year of performance and a total contract value of $1,000,000 (including options) - there is an allowance for completed projects to qualify without one year of performance, as long as the value exceeds $1 million


Some of the Differences Between the STARS II/STARS II Open Season and the STARS III Solicitations (Draft): 

  • STARS III has increased the number of Functional Areas (FA) from four (4) to six (6) as follows:
    • FA 1 - Custom Computer Programming Services (541511)
    • FA 2 - Computer Systems Design Services (541512)
    • FA 3 - Computer Facilities Management Services (541513)
    • FA 4 - Other Computer Related Services (5415191)
    • FA 5 - Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services (518210) -  new FA
    • FA 6 - Emerging Technology-focused IT Services (No Designated FA) - new FA (using 541512 size standard)
  • STARS II and STARS II Open Season required: 
    • Contract Administration Plan (CAP)​
    • Marketing Action Plan (MAP)
    • STARS III does not require these documents
  • STARS II and STARS II Open Season was separated into two (2) Constellations​ - STARS III is not
    • The elimination of the STARS II Constellation structure removed the requirement for an ISO 9001:2015 or CMMI Level II (or higher) credential in STARS III
  • STARS III requires CPARS - STARS II did not require CPARS
  • STARS III will only consider relevant experience examples that exceed $1 million and have a minimum of one (1) year of contract performance, unless a project of less than one (1) year has been completed 
  • STARS II and STARS II Open Season used $100,000 as a minimum value for a relevant experience example and did not have a minimum performance requirement
  • STARS III requires an electronic submission via an online GSA web portal 
  • STARS II (Original STARS II) required the proposal to be submitted on a CD-R sent to the GSA Offices in Kansas City
  • STARS III requires portal registration - the original STARS II (2009) did not; however, STARS II Open Season (2015) was an electronic proposal submission via the AcquServe ™ web portal
  • STARS III requires the submission of both Relevant Experience and Past Performance examples - STARS II and STARS II Open Season required only Past Performance examples
  • STARS II and STARS II Open Season required the offeror to submit two (2) past performance examples
  • STARS III allows for one (1) to three (3) relevant experience examples, but raises the minimum dollar value for each example
  • STARS III requires the submission of a Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) Self-Assessment within seven (7) days of the government's request and prior to the Notice to Proceed for STARS III performance

Why Rainmaker GPS?

Very simply, because we are a STARS III and IDIQ/GWAC expert

We have been writing winning proposals for more than 38 years and specialize in working with small, growing businesses. We have completed more than 7,500 projects for greater than 450 clients in several dozen industries. 

We welcome the opportunity to share our insights into the STARS III contract vehicle and help you decide if STARS III fits within your strategic planning. Some of our accolades and accomplishments specific to multiple award contracts (MACs - IDIQs and GWACs) include the following:

  • 27 STARS II Proposals Written and Submitted - 27 STARS II Contract Awards

    • Rainmaker is an expert in the STARS contract vehicle. Every STARS client we have ever accepted and for whom we have written a proposal has won a STARS contract 

  • 180 IDIQ Contract Wins in the Past 12 Years

    • STARS II, EAGLE II, T-4, CIO-SP3, OASIS, CATS, SeaPort-e, SeaPort-NXG, Alliant II, eFAST, and many more

  • $72.9 Billion in IDIQ Contract Awards

    • Rainmaker is a recognized IDIQ and GWAC proposal expert with 38 years of experience and more than 7,500 completed projects

  • $800 Million in Task Order Awards - IDIQs, GWACs, MACs, GSA Schedules

    • Winning an IDIQ Contract is the first step - Rainmaker clients have won >$800 million in TO Awards

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