A job well done to our team who help make dynamic change/movement happen here at Matlock! On June 17 2021, Matlock was awarded a contract on the 8(a) STARS III GWAC. Matlock’s awarded contract number is 47QTCB21D0038. This fourth generation GWAC includes an even greater focus on emerging technologies as well as performance Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS).
For the past 2 years, Matlock’s team has positioned itself to competitively propose on the contract vehicle. As the initial cohort of companies were awarded, Matlock was selected to be amongst those in the competitive range. As we see technology, software and cyber security become an increasingly top priority of the United States, it is exciting to be a leading provider of solutions to the Federal Government Agencies. Matlock is consistently striving towards a stronger and securer nation. With the 8(a) STARS III Contract, we now have the vehicle to deliver secure frontline software, technology and IT services to the government.
To qualify for award, Matlock had to provide a robust proposal covering stringent requirement with competitive pricing. Our Matlock team had to demonstrate relevant experience project (REP) within the dollar value and range required, i.e., each REP must be ongoing or completed no more than five years prior to the date proposals are due. If the project was ongoing, at least one year of performance had to be completed prior to the date proposals are due. No individual REP value could be less than $100,000.
What is 8(a) STARS III?
The 8(a) Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resource for Services (STARS) III Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) is a Multiple Award, Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (MA-IDIQ) contract to provide information technology (IT) services and IT services-based solutions to the federal government. It is reserved for 8(a) prime contractors and established under the authority of the Small Business Act.
8(a) STARS III incorporates authority for Ordering Contracting Officers (OCOs) to set aside task orders among the contract holders for various small business types listed in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 19.000(a)(3). This provides OCOs the ability to target by set-aside a specific sub-group of the STARS III contract holders for task order award. It is also operated in concert with authority from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which has designated the GSA as an Executive Agent (EA) for Governmentwide IT acquisitions pursuant to Section 5112(e) of the Clinger-Cohen Act, 40 U.S.C. 11302(e).
The STARS III contract has a ceiling of $50 billion. The primary North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code for the Master Contract is designated as 541512, Computer Systems Design Services. Requirements that align with other IT services NAICS codes are within the scope of the STARS III GWAC. These NAICS codes include, but are not limited to: 541511, 541513, 541519, 518210. For more about the GSA Stars III see the https://www.gsa.gov/about-us/newsroom/news-releases/gsaawards-the-8a-stars-iii-gwac-06172021.
Scope Areas of 8(a) STARS III include:
- Data Management
- Information and Communications Technology
- IT Operations and Maintenance
- IT Security / IT workforce augmentation
- Software Development
- Systems Design
Emerging Technology-Focused IT Services
- Artificial Intelligence (including Machine Learning, Deep Learning/Neural Networks, Natural Language Generation)
- Autonomic Computing
- Blockchain / Distributed Ledger
- Quantum Computing
- Robotic Process Automation
- Technological Convergence
- Virtual Reality (including Augmented Reality, Extended Reality, Mixed Reality)
As we work hand in hand with the federal government, we are optimistic and anticipate a prosperous future with more secure, innovative and protected technology. The 8(a) Stars III GWAC provides greater avenues for Matlock to solve increasingly complex cybersecurity challenges and provide expert information technology innovation to enable mission success. We’re excited and grateful for our future endeavors as a company alongside our great partners, colleagues, and supporters.