8(a) STARS II, a small business set-aside GWAC, provides flexible access to customized IT solutions from a large, diverse pool of 8(a) industry partners. With a $10 billion program ceiling and a five-year base period with one five-year option, 8(a) STARS II allows for long-term planning of large-scale program requirements while providing flexibility of direct awards of up to $4M to CoreSphere.​

GSA 8(a) Stars II

Contract #: GS-06F-1045Z

DUNS #: 18-476-8583

Contract Term: 10 years (08/31/2011 - 08/30/2021)

Awarded task orders must be completed by Aug 30, 2024

Awarded Constellations: CI


Awarded Functional Areas: CoreSphere has been awarded the following functional areas:

  • 541512 — Computer Systems Design Services

  • 541519 — Other Computer Related Services



Benefits of Using STARS II


CoreSphere’s 8(a) STARS II allows any Federal Agency to directly award contracts up to $4 million. The 8(a) STARS II Directed award offer the following benefits:

  1. 1. 8(a) STARS II is a competitively awarded GWAC and represents the most qualified 8(a) firms in the industry with a proven track record of delivery

  2. 2. Since 8(a) STARS II is a GWAC, it offers the Agency a pre-established list of labor categories and rates as a starting point and additional labor categories can be added at the Agency Contracting Officer’s discretion

  3. 3. Once an Agency Contracting Officer receives Delegation of Procurement Authority (DPA) from GSA, the Agency can directly contract with CoreSphere in a streamlined manner in days or a few weeks

The following describes how an Agency can award a Sole Source contract to CoreSphere, LLC. using the 8(a) STARS II GWAC.


Ordering from STARS II Prerequisites


  1. 1. Access to the STARS II GWAC - Orders are awarded by warranted Ordering Contracting Officer (OCOs) who have received a written Delegation of Procurement Authority (DPA) issued by a STARS II Procuring Contract Officer (PCO), making them.

  2. 2. Delegation of Procurement Authority (DPA) - Contracting officers who wish to use STARS II must receive a STARS II overview training and DPA. This training provides an overview of the STARS II key features, establishes a clear set of roles and responsibilities between the STARS II PCO and the OCO, orients the prospective OCO to the contract, and opens the two-way dialogue between the future OCO and the GWAC PCO. Completion of this overview training will lead to a written GSA - issued DPA which authorizes the warranted CO to become an OCO.

  3. 3. Training - There are various ways to receive STARS II DPA training: 1) through a self-paced on-line course; 2) via conference call; 3) through on-site training for large groups; 4) webinar; 5) video teleconference; or 6) by reviewing and understanding the STARS II Ordering Guide.

  •  - Conference Call DPA Training - To start the process of obtaining conference call training, each federal contracting officer wanting a DPA must submit the following information to the Small Business GWAC Center’s inbox, or fax it to (816) 823-1608 (please place “STARS II DPA” in the subject line).

    • - Agency name, bureau/command name (if any), individual(s) full name, street address, e-mail address, phone number and fax

    • - Names of other individuals who may be participating in the contract overview training but not seeking a DPA.

    • - After receipt of this information, a STARS II PCO will contact the requestor(s) to set up the contract orientation.

This contract orientation will take approximately 1 hour provided the caller has internet access. It is sometimes possible for a DPA to be granted the same day as the training, although typical cycle time is two business days.

  • - On-Site DPA Training for Large Groups - Please contact the Small Business GWAC Center for details at (877) 327-8732.

  • - Webinar DPA Training - Please contact the Small Business GWAC Center for details at (877) 327-8732.

  • - Video Teleconference DPA Training - Please contact the Small Business GWAC Center for details at (877) 327-8732.

  • - Review of the STARS II Ordering Guide DPA Training - A thorough review and understanding of the STARS II ordering guide will also satisfy the training requirement. A current copy of the STARS II Ordering Guide can be found at Since the STARS II Ordering Guide is subject to change, please check back periodically for updates.


  2. 4. Requesting DPA After Training - To request a DPA from the GSA STARS II website, visit the Delegation of Procurement Authority section of the website found at To initiate the request, complete and submit the DPA Request Form. A representative from the Small Business GWAC Center will typically respond within 24 hours of the request.


Order Process

Once a Contracting Officer has DPA the following simplified steps allow an Agency to award a Sole Source Task Order under the 8(a) STARS II GWAC.

  1. 1. The Government program manager or interested party develops a statement of work, prepares a government estimate, and obtains the necessary funding.

  2. 2. The Government program manager or interested party chooses CoreSphere, LLC. to perform the work and submits a procurement request to the agency contracting officer.

  3. 3. The agency contracting officer submits the Statement of Work and Request for Proposal or Quotation to CoreSphere, LLC.

  4. 4. CoreSphere, LLC. submits the proposal which is evaluated and negotiated (if necessary) by the agency.


  6. 5. The Task Order is awarded to CoreSphere, LLC. on their 8(a) STARS II Contract # GS-06F-1045Z

To Contact GSA for More InformationGSA 8(a) STARS II, or (877) 327-8732

To Contact CoreSphere for More Information: , or (301) 830-4035