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Laura Stanton Offers Update on GSA’s STARS III, Polaris Small Business IT GWACs

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Laura Stanton
Laura Stanton GSA

Laura Stanton, assistant commissioner of the office of information technology category at the General Services Administration (GSA), said GSA plans to award the potential $50 billion STARS III governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC) set aside for small IT businesses in fiscal year 2021, FedScoop reported Wednesday. 

Stanton said a draft solicitation for another small business IT GWAC, Polaris, will be released soon on the beta SAM website.

“I would say that the future is fairly near in this case,” she said of Polaris during an AFFIRM webinar Wednesday.

The report said GSA expects Polaris to help expand the number of HUBZone and women-owned IT contractors supporting agencies. Stanton announced in October 2020 that Polaris seeks to provide customers access to providers of artificial intelligence, 5G, cloud and other emerging technologies.