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Why STARS III

JCTM is an 8(a) Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resource for Services (STARS) III Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) awardee poised to provide Emerging Technology-Focused services and solutions. The STARS III contract provides worldwide flexible access to customized IT services and solutions while concurrently satisfying client socioecenomic goals. This Multiple Award, Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (MA-IDIQ) contract expedites JCTMs ability to address customer requirements with less down time and at lower costs than many traditional contracting methods. See below for a list of features and benefits.

Who Can Use It

All Federal Agencies and The Department of Defense (DoD)

What It Costs

Option 1: Download the STARS III Maximimm Ceiling Rates (Search "JCTM" within XLSX)
Option 2: Use the interactive STARS III Pricing Tool

Order Types

Order contract types permitted include FAR 16.2 Fixed-Price contracts; FAR 16.4 Incentive contracts; FAR 16.601 Time-and-Materials contracts; and FAR 16.602 Labor-Hour contracts. These contract types may be used individually or in combination within a single Order comprising multiple Contract Line Item Numbers (CLINs). Orders may also incorporate FAR 17.1 Multi-year Contracting and FAR 17.2 Options. Cost Reimbursement (FAR Subpart 16.3) Orders are not allowed.

Features

$50 billion program ceiling and five-year base period with one three-year option


Sole-source task orders up to the 8(a) competitive threshold


Contract types include fixed-price, labor-hour, and time-and-material terms


Two focused scope sub-areas, which are available to provide fair opportunity



Ancillary services and/or equipment are permitted when integral and necessary to the IT services-based solution


Access to exceptionally qualified 8(a) small-business industry partners


Pre-competed, easy-to-use contract with streamlined ordering procedures based on FAR 16.505


Complimentary scope compatibility reviews




No protests on orders under $10 million, except on the grounds that the order increases the scope, period, or maximum value of the GWAC


Benefits

Allows for long-term planning of large-scale program requirements


Enhances opportunities for 8(a) firms



Offers flexibility of contract types to mitigate risk



Offers access to contractors with demonstrated experience in either emerging technology or performance in an OCONUS location


Facilitates integrated IT services-based solutions




Enables federal clients to earn 8(a) small-business credit



Saves time and money by reducing procurement lead time



Promotes contract compliance and reduces risk of adverse audits


Minimizes protest risk and supports timely order award


Scope

General Scope: Examples of work to be performed relative to Order requirements include the following.

These examples are not meant to be all-inclusive, but rather general indications of the types of services within a given IT services-based solution. Other services not listed as examples, but which adhere to the definition of IT, are within scope and may be provided to meet an agency’s particular mission needs.
1. Data Management
2. Information and Communication Technology
3. IT Operations and Maintenance
4. IT Security / IT workforce augmentation
5. Software Development
6. Systems Design

Scope Sub Area 1:
Emerging Technology-Focused IT Services

These services include but are not limited to:
1. Artificial Intelligence (including Machine Learning, Deep Learning/Neural Networks, Natural Language Generation)
2. Autonomic Computing
3. Blockchain / Distributed Ledger
4. Quantum Computing
5. Robotic Process Automation
6. Technological Convergence
7. Virtual Reality (including Augmented Reality, Extended Reality, Mixed Reality)

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