Contract Point of Contact: Thomas McCloskey
Phone Number: (213) 550-4250
Contract Number: 47QTCB22D0017
Contract Ordering Period: July 2, 2021 to July 1, 2026, with one three-year option
UEI NO.: V9GQDSV61KR7
DUNS No.: 364433024
CAGE Code No. 4NU32
GSA STARS III GWAC Website: www.gsa.gov/s3
Birdi Systems, Inc. (BSI) an SBA Certified 8(a) Small Systems Design, Engineering, Integration and Software Development Firm was awarded the GSA Stars III, Best-In-Class IDIQ Award. Contract Number: 47QTCBD0017 – Period of Performance: January 2022 to July 2026
WHAT IS THE STARS III GWAC?
The Best-in-Class 8(a) STARS III GWAC is a small business set-aside contract that provides flexible access to customized IT solutions from a large, diverse pool of 8(a) industry partners.
In September of 2021, GSA released a notice on their website that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) awarded the 8(a) Stars III GWAC the “Best In Class” (BIC) designation. BIC is a government-wide acquisition designation used to denote contracts that meet rigorous category management performance criteria.
BIC designations are given to contracts and vehicles that can be used by multiple agencies and satisfy these five key criteria:
Building on the success of 8(a) STARS II, 8(a) STARS III features a pool of small, disadvantaged businesses (SDB) industry partners who specialize in emerging technologies which allow government agencies to access cutting edge solutions to accomplish IT missions. 8(a) STARS III includes an array of SDB industry partners offering IT services ranging from simple to complex and services-based solutions such as IT help-desk support, information assurance, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and more.
Sourcing through the DoD, Department of Homeland Security
In October of 2021, James Lewis, Executive Director Strategic Solutions Office, included GSA Stars III as a strategic sourcing vehicle meeting the requirements of the DoD
This next-generation GWAC builds on the 8(a) STARS II framework, which was the most utilized IT strategic solution in the DHS Eagle NextGen portfolio. 8(a) STARS III is a small business set aside GWAC that provides flexible access to customized IT solutions. Adopting 8(a) STARS III will give DHS access to emerging, cutting-edge technologies unavailable in the current Eagle NextGen portfolio of small business GWAC’s. Emerging technologies available under 8(a) STARS III include;
Protecting the DHS IT infrastructure is foundational, as cybersecurity is a growing concern worldwide. The theft of sensitive information and data using malicious cyber practices is a threat to national security. Vendors on the 8(a) STARS III GWAC must meet Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) standards. These standards set clear requirements for contractors when it comes to cybersecurity. CMMC compliance will support the DHS objective of promoting good cybersecurity hygiene standards.
WHY USE BSI and THE STARS III GWAC?
The 8(a) STARS II GWAC program has a five-year base with one three-year option. It has a $10 billion program ceiling.
BSI understands the nuances of working with the federal government and has successfully completed contracts with the FAA, TSA, NAVAIR, USACE and the Air Force. We were extensively within the Aviation and Transportation Sectors, safeguarding over 150,000 million people a year, including passenger’s, employees and third-party vendors supporting Los Angeles and Ontario International Airports, Los Angeles Metro, and the Port of Los Angeles. We are an SBA Small Business of the Year Award Winner and received the Aviation “Wings of Achievement” award for our work developing and implementing a mission critical software solution at an Airport within 15 days.
Departments or Contracting Officers can sole-source, also known as directed award, task orders up to $4.5 million each.
Ancillary Support for IT contracts can be procured through Stars III – Ancillary Services (i.e. 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.
Ancillary Equipment (hardware, software, software licenses, racks, mounts; etc.) may be purchased if integral and necessary for the IT services-based solution. Telecommunications, wireless, and satellite products and services may be purchased as part of an overall IT services-based solution.
However, The sole purpose of a requirement may not be for a commodity (e.g. land mobile radios) or transport services or wireless connectivity.
Pricing is pre-negotiated and approved – We have negotiated rates with GSA that are fully burdened labor rates inclusive of all direct and indirect costs (e.g., profit, fringe benefits, salary, indirect rates).
For more information on working with BSI on STARS III opportunities:
Contact: Thomas McCloskey at (213) 550-4250 or STARS3@birdi-inc.com