Sole Source with
Global Alliant

Global Alliant was awarded 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. The vehicle is designed to increase agency access to emerging technology that Global Alliant provides.

Contract Scope

The North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code 541512 is the focal point of the 8(a) STARS III Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC), but it may also cover other NAICS codes that are primarily for IT services. These could comprise 518210, 541511, 541513, 541519, among others. The agreement provides simple to complicated IT services as well as services-based solutions for things like IT help desk support, information assurance, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and more.

Emerging Technologies (ET) and locations Outside of the Continental United States (OCONUS) Place of Performance are two targeted scope sub-areas that are included in 8(a) STARS III in addition to the overall IT services scope. The ET scope sub-8(a) area's STARS III prime contractors have experience supplying changing, cutting-edge emerging technologies like technological convergence, robotic process automation, AI/ML, autonomic computing, and more.


Contract Number: 47QTCB21D0056

DUNS Number: 034473860


CAGE Code: 86TE5

Program Manager:
Mr. Nathan Subramanian
(410) 212-4891

8(a) STARS III Highlights:

  • Ceiling: $50 billion.
  • Contract Ordering Period: July 2, 2021 - July 1, 2026, with one 3-year option.
  • 8(a) STARS III allows for fixed price, time and materials, labor-hour, or a hybrid blend of these task order types.
  • Low 0.75 percent contract access fees.


  • $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
  • 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



  • 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 small-disadvantaged business (SDB) credit
  • Saves time and money by reducing procurement lead time
  • Promotes contract compliance and reduces risks of adverse audits
  • Minimizes protest risk and supports timely order award for optimal mission support

GSA 8(a) STARS III Ordering Information & Resources

Contracting Officers (COs) must complete training on the use of the GSA 8(a) STARS III contract and acquire a signed Delegation of Procurement Authority (DPA) from the GSA 8(a) STARS III CO before issuing task orders under GSA 8(a) STARS III. Free training is provided by:

  • Self-paced online courses

  • On-site training conferences and events

  • Web or audio conferences

GSA 8(a) STARS III Delegation of Procurement Authority (DPA)
Training Program

GSA has created a Delegation of Procurement Authority (DPA) training program on YouTube. This 4-part training series is accessible 24/7 and will qualify as training required to obtain a delegation of procurement authority.

For your convenience, the training videos are provided below.

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