GSA reveals first block of STARS III awardees

With more to come, the General Services Administration has made an initial cut of hundreds of awards for the STARS III IT services and solutions vehicle reserved for 8(a) small businesses.

The General Services Administration has made an initial cut of 426 awards for the next iteration of its popular STARS vehicle for acquiring IT services and solutions from 8(a) small businesses.

GSA will make additional awards beyond this first block of STARS III as discussions with remaining bidders in the running will take place this summer, the agency said Thursday. Revised final proposals and evaluations of them are still to come as well.

Click here to see the full list of group one awardees. STARS III has a ceiling of $50 billion over up to eight years.

Some of the emerging technologies GSA is interested in for this version of its Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resource for Services vehicle include artificial intelligence, blockchain and robotic process automation.

Pending any possible protests, GSA plans to issue notices to proceed to the first group of awardees within the next 30 days that would at least open the contract for business to them.

Competitive range notices for STARS III first went out to those companies who cleared that bar in May.