GSA 8(a) STARS III Contract Holder Information

What is the GSA 8(a) STARS III Contract?

GSA STARS III is a best in class vehicle and a small business set-aside GWAC that provides the government access to firms that specialize in emerging technologies. KP Soft’s capabilities can be found on our capability statement here

 The 8(a) STARS III GWAC ordering period is a five year base with one three year option. This ordering period began on July 2, 2021.
8(a) STARS III allows for fixed price, time and materials, labor-hour or a hybrid blend of these task order types.
Example SCOPE areas include but are not limited to:
  • Data Management
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • IT Operations and Maintenance
  • IT Security/IT Workforce Augmentation
  • Software Development
  • Systems Design

Contract Number

STARS III Master Contract No:


Corporate Information

DUNS/UEI Number: 965188209
CAGE Code: 662N4 

Contact Program Manager

Prasad Kanigicherla


  • $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
  • 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
  • Limited protests on orders under $10M


  • Allows for long-term planning of large-scale program requirements
  • Enhances opportunities for government to engage with 8(a) firms
  • Offers the greatest flexibility of contract types to mitigate risk
  • Enables federal clients to earn 8(a) small-business credit
  • Saves time and money by reducing lengthy procurement lead time
  • Minimizes protest risk and supports timely order award

Ordering from STARS III:

STARS III 8(a) was authorized under the provisions of Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act 15 U.S.C. 637(a) and retains the 8(a) sole source, also referred to as, “directed order,” authority found in FAR 19.8., 8(a) STARS III resulted from a competitive 8(a) procurement, which was offered to and accepted into the SBA 8(a) program; Sole source & directed task orders must  have offer and acceptance from SBA per 19.804-6(b)(3) & 19.804-6(c)(3).  Additional offer and acceptance from SBA is not required for competed orders per 19.804-6(a).

Offering and Acceptance procedures for sole source/direct orders:

Step 1: Prepare the Statement of Work (SOW) for the work to be completed and prepare an 8(a) Offer Letter (in SBA’s letter format) requesting approval to issue a sole source contract to KP Soft Inc to support a targeted scope of work.

Step 2: Email the 8(a) Offer Letter to and copy

Include contact person’s name, telephone, email address

Include the Statement of Work (SOW)

Step 3: It usually takes a few days for the SBA to approve the request.

SBA will then send the requesting agency an approval letter. The approval letter simply states that the requesting agency and KP Soft Inc are allowed to enter contract negotiations. This typically takes 10 days for contracts up to $4M.

Step 4: The government agency and KP Soft Inc enter into contract negotiations.