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.
The STARS III primary NAICS is 541512, Computer Systems Design Services. Other predominately IT-related NAICS codes are allowed under the contract including, but not limited to Custom Computer Programming Services (NAICS 541511), Computer Facilities Management Services (NAICS 541513), Other Computer Related Services (NAICS 541519), Data Processing, Hosting, And Related Services (NAICS 518210).

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.


  • $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 or a hybrid blend of these task order types
  • 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 risk of adverse audits
  • Minimizes protest risk and supports timely order award for optimal mission support
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,