GSA 8(a) STARS III is a small business set-aside Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) through which Taurean provides flexible access to customized IT solutions. This next-generation GWAC builds upon the 8(a) STARS II framework and expands capabilities for emerging technologies and outside the continental United States (OCONUS) requirements.

Taurean NAICS codes:

  • 541512, Computer Systems Design Services (Primary)
  • 541511, Custom Computer Programming Services
  • 541513, Computer Facilities Management Services
  • 541519, Other Computer Related Services
  • 518210, Data Processing, Hosting, And Related Services



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

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

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

Enhances opportunities for 8(a) firms.

Contract types include fixed-price, labor-hour, and time-and-material terms of a hybrid blend of these task order types

Offers flexibility of contract types to mitigate risk

Two focused scope sub-areas

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

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

Facilitates integrated IT services-based solutions

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

Enables federal clients to earn small-disadvantaged business (SDB) credit

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

Saves time and money by reducing procurement lead time

Complementary scope compatability reviews

Promotes contract compliance and reduces the risk of adverse audits

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

Minimizes protest risk and supports timely order award for optimal mission support

The contract access fee for the 8(a) STARS III GWAC is 0.75%, the same as GSA Schedules.

Taurean’s contract includes both the Emerging Technology (ET) and OCONUS sub-areas.

Emerging Technology-focused IT Services.

This sub-area provides for IT services-based solutions which involve ET innovation to securely accelerate transformation and advance mission outcomes. ET centers on evolving state-of-the-art information technologies and their use in solutioning to improve and/or transform business processes and enhance mission delivery. ET includes technologies in the early stages of their life cycles. Examples of ET include, but are not limited to, (a) Artificial Intelligence (including Machine Learning, Deep Learning/Neural Networks, Natural Language Generation); (b) Autonomic Computing; (c) Blockchain / Distributed Ledger; (d) Quantum Computing; (e) Robotic Process Automation; (f) Technological Convergence; (g) Virtual Reality (including Augmented Reality, Extended Reality, Mixed Reality).

ET activities include, but are not limited to:

(a) analyzing, designing, and applying the knowledge needed to investigate and provide an ET solution; (b) providing technical expertise and guidance to plan, conduct, technically direct, document, test, and assess ET implementations, including operating and sustaining ET implementations; and, (c) analyzing the trade-off of implementing vs. not implementing ET, including cost-benefit analysis.

IT Services performed outside of CONUS

OCONUS work locations include the non-foreign work areas of Alaska and Hawaii, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories and possessions of the United States (excluding the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands) as well as foreign work areas.
Ordering procedures are streamlined. Once Contracting Officers have completed the Delegation of Authority training, you can start using the STARS III vehicle. Training is offered at no cost via: (a) Self-paced online courses (b) on-site training conferences and events, or (c) web or audio conferences. Information about current training offerings is found on the GSA STARS III web page.

STARS III Contract number – 47QTCB21D0246

  • Contractor DUNS Number: 809549863
  • CAGE Code: 52HL7
  • Program Manager Contact Information: Lisa Flener,