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GSA's 8(a) STARS III GWAC is now designated as a Best-in-Class contract vehicle by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). 8(a) STARS III is a small business set-aside GWAC that provides flexible access to customized IT solutions from a large, diverse pool of 8(a) industry partners. This next-generation GWAC builds upon the framework of 8(a) STARS II and expands capabilities for emerging technologies and requirements of outside the continental United States (OCONUS).

GSA 8(a) STARS III Details

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STARS III Email Address:





ACES STARS III Program Manager:

Name: Jason Marshall ;        Phone: 660-441-1689 ;

STARS III IT Service Support Areas


Data Management

Data Management is the development, execution, and supervision of plans, policies, programs, and practices that control, protect, deliver, and enhance the value of data and information assets.

Examples of Data Management services include, but are not limited to: Cloud Computing Services, Data Architecture, Analysis and Design, Data Governance, Data Migration, Data Quality Management, Data Security Management, Data Warehousing, and Business Intelligence Management, Document, Record and Content Management, Network and Individual Storage Management

Information and Communications Technology

Information and Communications Technology refers to the technology used to manage telecommunications, broadcast media, intelligent building management systems, audiovisual processing and transmission systems, and network-based control and monitoring functions.

Examples of Information and Communications Technology services include, but are not limited to: Collaboration Technology Services, IPv6 Implementation, and Support Services, Telepresence and Video Services, Virtual Private Network (VPN) and other Remote Network Access Services, Virtualization Services, Voice over IP (VoIP) Services, Wireless Services


IT Operations and Maintenance

IT Operations and Maintenance include the operation and management of technology infrastructure.


Examples of IT Operations and Maintenance services include, but are not limited to: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Support Services, Data Center Management, Email, and File Server Management, IT Helpdesk / IT Support, IT Training, Mobile Device Management, PC Provisioning, Server and Device Management

IT Security / IT Workforce Augmentation

IT Security / IT Workforce Augmentation, often referred to as cyber security, is the body of technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access.

Examples of IT Security services include, but are not limited to: Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation, Continuous Security Monitoring Services, Identity Management and Access Management, Information Assurance, Intrusion Detection, IT Disaster Recovery Services, IT Security Incident Response, Network Security Monitoring, Security Assessment Services and Vulnerability Analysis Services


Software Development

Software Development is the process of developing software through successive phases in an orderly way. This process includes not only the actual writing of code but also the preparation of requirements and objectives, the design of what is to be coded, and confirmation that what is developed has met objectives. All software development methodologies, including Agile, are supported.


Examples of Software Development services include, but are not limited to: Mobile Application Development Services, Software Design, Software Maintenance, Software Programming, Software Testing, Web Development

Systems Design

Systems Design includes the planning and designing of computer systems that integrate computer hardware, software, and communication technologies. The hardware and software components of the system may be provided by this establishment or company as part of a customized IT solution. These establishments often install the system and train and support users of the system.


Examples of Systems Design services include, but are not limited to Computer Systems Integration Design Consulting Services, Configuration Management Services, Information Management Computer Systems Integration Design Services, IT Specifications Development, Network Infrastructure Design, Office Automation Computer Systems Integration Design Services, Smart Buildings Systems Integration


Emerging Technology (ET) 

ET can be understood as evolving state-of-the-art information technologies and their use in solutions to improve and/or transform business processes and enhance mission delivery. ET includes those technologies that are not yet mature in the marketplace and have the potential for widespread adoption. 

ACES ET activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Artificial Intelligence, including Machine Learning, Deep Learning/Neural Networks, Natural Language Generation.

  • Microsoft Project Cortex - Microsoft Syntax and VIVA

  • Technological Convergence - Software enhanced Energy Storage.

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