The General Services Administration awarded 599 small businesses a place on its new governmentwide contract for information technology services, the agency announced today.
The Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resources for Services (STARS) II contract allows agencies to buy up to $10 billion in IT services, such as IT helpdesk support, cybersecurity, custom computer programming, and computer operations maintenance.
The cost of the services offered are prenegotiated to be at least 10 percent less than the initial prices offered to the government. Agencies used GSA’s two preceeding IT contracts for more than $5 billion in services over the past decade.
The contract specifically went to businesses that are considered small and disadvantaged under federal regulations, which means buying off this contract counts toward agencies’ small business procurement goals.
550 of the companies are subsidiaries of a handful of large corporations. Some are even owned by China.