WTI, managing partner of 8(a) Joint Venture (JV) Digital MindTrust, is pleased to announce that in June of 2017, the General Services Administration (GSA) selected the JV for its 8(a) Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resources for Services (STARS) II small business set-aside Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). Under this contract vehicle, WTI can offer Information Technology services in all four Constellation I Functional Areas to include Custom Computer Programming Services (NAICS 541511), Computer Systems Design Services (NAICS 541512), Computer Facilities Management Services (NAICS 541513) and Other Computer Related Services (NAICS 541519).
8(a) STARS II provides numerous benefits:
- Is a pre-competed, easy-to-use contract with streamlined ordering procedures based on FAR 16.505 which saves time and money by reducing procurement lead time.
- Accommodates long term planning – with a $10 Billion program ceiling and five-year base period with one five-year option (from August 31, 2016 to August 30, 2021), with orders issued prior to August 30, 2021 able to continue performance through August 30, 2024, 8(a) STARS II allows for long-term planning of large-scale program requirements.
- Provides access to pre-qualified trusted and reliable 8(a) small businesses to enable federal clients to earn 8(a) small business credit; as baseline labor rates have already been evaluated by the government and deemed fair and reasonable, and vendors have been determined by the government to bring a proven performance track record.
- Offers access to multiple types of task orders including fixed price, time and materials, labor hour, and blended task order types; providing greater flexibility in procuring IT service solutions to meet your mission requirements.
- Allows for directed (sole source) task orders of up to $4 Million, including options, for Federal Civilian and Department of Defense activities per Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637 and FAR 19.8) – and its contract holders may take advantage of this unique provision based on self-marketing efforts or past performance.
- No protests on orders under $10M, except on the grounds that the order increases the scope, period, or maximum value of the GWAC; which minimizes protest risk and supports timely order award for optimal mission support.
To be selected for STARS II, 8(a) industry partners must meet GSA’s requirements for technical proficiency, competitive pricing, and industrial credentials, with past performance playing a key factor in award. To that end, managing partner WTI has received numerous honors for its proven portfolio of work for the Federal Government to include:
- a commendation for outstanding performance from the Chief Technology Office at Defense Information Systems Agency,
- multiple nominations for “Best Mobile Publishing Product or Service” in the GSM Association Global Mobile Awards,
- recognition of outstanding technical expertise on four separate program initiatives for the State Department, and
- “Exceptional” Contractor Performance Assessment Report ratings on multiple Federal contracts.
“WTI is proud to announce this award and pleased to offer our government customers a fast and flexible way to access our innovative IT solutions,” said WTI President, Cindy Ford.
JV Managing Partner WTI is a Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)® Level 3 appraised, Small Business Administration 8(a) Certified, and Woman-Owned Small Business committed to helping the government and industry harness the power of actionable information through technology and training.
From serving the defense and intelligence communities that support the Warfighter to aiding civilian agencies in their public service missions, WTI has been trusted to deliver training and education, business intelligence solutions; business process automation; and mobile and web-based applications for six Federal Government executive departments, to include the Department of Defense (Defense Information Systems Agency, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Department of the Army, Defense Health Agency, Naval Postgraduate School), Department of Commerce (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), the Department of Health and Human Services (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the Department of the Interior (National Park Service), the Department of Labor, the Department of State and independent Federal agencies to include the Broadcasting Board of Governors and Nuclear Regulatory Commission.