About STARS III
The STAR III Master Contract scope provides Federal agencies with customized IT services and IT
services-based solutions, both commercial and non-commercial, as defined in the Clinger-Cohen Act and
FAR 2.101. Customized IT services-based solutions can be tailored to meet an agency’s particular
mission needs and may include new and emerging technologies that evolve over the life of the Master
Contract. The principal nature of any resulting Order must be for IT services; however ancillary support
may be included when it is integral to and necessary for the IT services-based effort. Services may be
performed at Government and/or Contractor locations worldwide, as specified in each Order.
C.1.2 Examples of work to be performed relative to Order requirements include the following. These
examples are not meant to be all-inclusive, but rather general indications of the types of services within a
given IT services-based solution. Other services not listed as examples, but which adhere to the definition
of IT, are within scope and may be provided to meet an agency’s particular mission needs.
(1) Data Management
(2) Information and Communications Technology
(3) IT Operations and Maintenance
(4) IT Security / IT workforce augmentation
(5) Software Development
(6) Systems Design
C.1.3 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.
C.2 Scope Sub-Areas
The contract provides two scope sub-areas which are available to provide fair opportunity for TOR
requiring either emerging technology or performance outside of a CONUS location. OCOs have absolute
discretion in identifying the area/sub-area under which fair opportunity is provided.
C.2.1 Scope Sub-Area 1: Emerging Technology-Focused IT Services
C.2.1.1 This sub-area provides for IT services-based solutions which involve emerging technology (ET)
innovation to securely accelerate transformation and advance mission outcomes. A TOR fits in this
sub-area if it includes IT services-based solutions with ET as the focus.
C.2.1.2 ET can be understood as 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
those technologies that are not yet mature in the marketplace and have the potential for wide-spread
adoption. These technologies are in the early stages of their life cycles and have been implemented by
C.2.1.3 Rather than specifying predetermined technology solutions, agencies considering ET are
encouraged to succinctly focus on articulating in the TOR the business problems they face, e.g. through
the use of a statement of objective approach.
8(a) STARS III GWAC
C.2.1.4 ET activities include, but are not limited to:
(1) Analyzing, designing and applying the knowledge needed to investigate and provide an ET
(2) Providing technical expertise and guidance to plan, conduct, technically direct, document, test
and assess ET implementations, including operating and sustaining ET implementations.
(3) Analyzing the trade-off of implementing vs. not implementing ET, including cost-benefit
C.2.1.5 Illustrative ET examples include but are not limited to:
(1) Artificial Intelligence (including Machine Learning, Deep Learning/Neural Networks, Natural
(2) Autonomic Computing
(3) Blockchain / Distributed Ledger
(4) Quantum Computing
(5) Robotic Process Automation
(6) Technological Convergence
(7) Virtual Reality (including Augmented Reality, Extended Reality, Mixed Reality)
C.2.2 Scope Sub-Area 2: IT Services performed outside of CONUS
C.2.2.1 This sub-area provides for IT services-based solutions to be performed outside the contiguous
United States (OCONUS). A TOR can fit in this sub-area if the scope is primarily IT services and it
includes performance in an OCONUS location.
C.2.2.2 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 (see B.12).
C.3 Ancillary Support
C.3.1 IT services-based solutions may include work that, on its own, might not be considered IT. That
work is characterized as “Ancillary Support.” Ancillary Support can be structured in Orders consistent with
the overall Order type, or as part of a hybrid Order type approach, consistent with the Pricing section.
OCOs clearly express the desired Order type(s) for Ancillary Support in TORs and resulting Orders.
C.3.2 Ancillary Support can be categorized as Ancillary Services and Ancillary Equipment, as shown
C.3.2.1 Ancillary Services (IT project planning/management; clerical support; training; construction,
alteration and repair; telecommunications/wireless transport; additional labor categories; etc.) must be
integral and necessary for the IT services-based solution.
C.3.2.2 Ancillary Equipment (hardware, software, software licenses, racks, mounts, etc.) may be
purchased if it is integral and necessary for the IT services-based solution.
C.3.3 IT Services must remain the principal purpose of the Order and the ancillary support must be
integral and necessary for the IT services-based solution. The Contractor must not accept or perform
work for an Order having the principle purpose of:
(1) Ancillary Support
(2) Personal services as defined in FAR Subpart 2.101(b)
(3) A requirement that primarily uses employees not employed in a bona fide executive,
administrative, or professional capacity as defined in 29 CFR Part 541 and/or employees
primarily employed as labor or mechanics as defined in FAR subpart 22.401.
8(a) STARS III GWAC
Telecommunications, wireless, and satellite products and services may be purchased as part of an overall
IT services-based solution. The sole purpose of a requirement may not be for a commodity (e.g. land
mobile radios) or transport services or wireless connectivity. Section 889 of Public Law No: 115-232 and
associated regulations are important considerations for ancillary telecommunications/wireless.