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GSA 8(a) STARS III Contract


8(a) STARS III, a small business set-aside GWAC, provides flexible access to customized IT solutions from a large, diverse pool of 8(a) industry partners. This next-generation GWAC builds upon the framework of 8(a) STARS II and expands capabilities for emerging technologies and outside the continental United States (OCONUS) requirements.  Pono Aina Management, LLC is a prime contractor under 8(a) STARS III.




DUNS #:  967541900

CAGE Code:  6B0W9

Steve Crowder

8(a) STARS III Program Manager

Phone: (703) 795-1533


General Inquiries:


Pono Aina Management Webpage:

Pono Aina Management, LLC (PAM) is an SBA certified 8(a) company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Hui Huliau, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO).


PAM has a broad set of capabilities and provides services and support to several government agencies, including the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of State (DoS), both within the Continental United States (CONUS) and outside CONUS (OCONUS). We help customers improve efficiency and mission effectiveness by providing IT/Communications Training and Development; Cyber Security; Logistics Support/Analysis; and Program and Project Management.


Our employees consistently deliver high-quality support on-time and within budget. PAM’s diverse capabilities and reliable performance make us a powerful solutions provider for mission-critical requirements.


As a subsidiary of a Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO), Pono Aina Management, LLC (PAM) is eligible for directed/sole source orders of up to $25M contract value for non-DoD agencies and $100M for DoD agencies.  A justification and approval for other than full and open competition in accordance with FAR part 6.3 is not required for orders under these thresholds. 


  • The 8(a) STARS III GWAC ordering period is a five-year base with one three-year option. This ordering period began on July 2, 2021 and goes through July 1, 2026.

  • The ceiling for 8(a) STARS III is $50 billion.

  • 8(a) STARS III allows for fixed price, time and materials, labor-hour or a hybrid blend of these task order types.

  • The contract access fee for the 8(a) STARS III GWAC is .75%, the same as GSA Schedules.

  • The contract includes two sub-areas, one for emerging technology and one for OCONUS requirements.


The ordering period for 8(a) STARS III began on July 2, 2021. The Master Contract ordering period is one five-year base period with one three-year option period. Per FAR 52.217-9, the three-year option period is a unilateral government right and is not guaranteed. The period of performance (PoP) for each Order issued against the Master Contract must be specified in the individual Order. Orders may only be issued during the Master Contract ordering period. Under no circumstances will a new Order be issued if the Master Contract is not in effect (i.e., expired, canceled, or terminated). For more information, visit:


The 8(a) STARS III GWAC scope provides Federal agencies with customized IT services and IT services-based solutions, both commercial and non-commercial, as defined in the Clinger-Cohen Act and FAR 2.101. Customized IT services-based solutions can be tailored to meet an agency’s particular mission needs and may include new and emerging technologies that evolve over the life of the Master Contract. The principal nature of any resulting Order must be for IT services; however ancillary support may be included when it is integral to and necessary for the IT services-based effort. Services may be performed at Government and/or Contractor locations worldwide, as specified in each Order.

The following list is an example of the IT services PAM is eligible to provide under the 8(a) STARS III GWAC. This list is not meant to be all-inclusive, but rather a general indication of the types of services within a given IT services-based solution.

  1. Data Management

  2. Information and Communications Technology

  3. IT Operations and Maintenance

  4. IT Security / IT Workforce Augmentation

  5. Software Development

  6. Systems Design

PAM is also eligible to provide innovative solutions in the Emerging Technology-Focused IT Services sub-area under 8(a) STARS III, which includes:

  • Artificial Intelligence (i.e., Machine Learning, Deep Learning/Neural Networks, Natural Language Generation)

  • Autonomic Computing

  • Blockchain / Distributed Ledger

  • Quantum Computing

  • Robotic Process Automation

  • Technological Convergence

  • Virtual Reality (including Augmented Reality, Extended Reality, Mixed Reality)

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