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Does it pay to be part of the STARS II club? Part Two

Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC, Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, May 22, 2013

In late March I wrote a piece (Does it pay to be part of the STARS II club?) and addressed the disparity that existed between the spending by agencies on the GSA STARS II GWAC, and awards made using mechanisms (definitive contracts and purchase orders) that do not necessarily provide the same procurement "ease of use" as does STARS II and other vehicles like it.

After all, that ease of use was one of the key selling points for STARS II and its predecessor, and Streamlined is part of its name.

My approach is simple. The functional areas on STARS II are represented by four NAICS Codes, so I'm looking at YTD spending by agencies when they reference 541511, 541512, 541513 or 541519.

Here's where things are today:

  • Visiting GSA's GWAC Dashboard, it reports just over $184M in awards to STARS II FY13 YTD
  • Total spending by Uncle Sam in the STARS II functional areas (NAICS Codes) is $11.4B YTD.
  • When looking at just competed buys, that number reduces to $9.2B YTD.
  • Competed buys on established contract vehicles like the GSA Schedule, GWACs, IDIQs and BPA's totals $8.1B YTD.
  • Competed buys awarded as definitive contracts and purchase orders comes in at $1.1B YTD. These are the buys that do not reference an existing contract vehicle.
  • Of the $9.2B in competed buys, Small Business has realized $3.6B of that number, and $365M in awards issued as definitive contracts and purchase orders.

The gap continues to widen and I have to believe many if not most of the nearly six hundred contractors awarded STARS II have to be wondering when and where the wheels fell off. In it's first three years (nearly a decade ago), the original STARS processed nearly $700M in task orders. At it's current pace, STARS II won't reach that number.

The question I ask of those STARS II companies who are not part of the fifty or so STARS II awardees exploiting lots of work beyond the STARS (II), when are you going to get in the hunt?

Anyone interested in learning how to tap into this kind of information, and more importantly, learn how to use this kind of information to create opportunities, we will host our next Ethical Stalking for Government Contractors™ workshop in Columbia, MD on June 25th and 28th. Click here to see a course description and to register!

I wish everyone a happy and safe Memorial Day Holiday weekend! God bless the men and women of our military and their families, past and present.


The Chief Visionary

"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it."

Tags:  Definitive Contract  GSA  GWAC  Purchase Order  STARS II 

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