8(a) STARS II Technology Solutions

The Canton Group, one of the region’s leading information technology (IT) consulting and engineering firms, is a prime contractor on the General Service Administration’s (GSA’s) 8(a) STARS II Government-wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC), a procurement vehicle designed to promote small business utilization when purchasing IT services for the federal government. The 8(a) STARS II program is reserved exclusively for qualifying certified 8(a) small business concerns as the prime contractors and includes a 5-year base with one five-year option and a $10 billion program ceiling. The Canton Group’s contract is active through the year 2021. The Canton Group has a proven track record over the past 20 years delivering complex, large scale, mission critical Information Technology Systems for the public and private sector.

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The Canton Group offers services in the following 8(a) STARS II Functional areas:

Functional Area 1 – NAICS 541511
Custom Computer Programming Services
  • Applications software programming services
  • Computer program of software development
  • Computer programming services
  • Computer software support services
  • Database design and generation
  • Legacy interfaces and data migration
  • Software analysis and design
  • Software programming
  • Software testing
  • Web design
Functional Area 2 – NAICS 541512
Computer Systems Design Services
  • Business process reengineering (BPR)
  • Computer-aided design (CAD) services
  • Computer-aided engineering (CAE) services
  • Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) services
  • Computer hardware consulting services
  • Computer software consulting services
  • Computer systems integration analysis and design
  • Computer systems integration design and consulting
  • Configuration management
  • Enterprise architecture development
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • IT capital planning management
  • Local area network (LAN) or wide area network (WAN) design
  • Network design and installation
  • Network systems integration
  • Systems analysis
  • Systems integration
  • VoIP design
Functional Area 3 – NAICS 541513
Computer Facilities Management Services
  • Computer operations/support
  • Computer systems facilities services
  • Data processing facilities services
  • End user support
  • Equipment inventory and maintenance
  • Hardware and software maintenance
  • Help desk
  • IT facilities management, operation, and support
  • IT facilities planning
  • Network management
Functional Area 4 – NAICS 541519
Other Computer Related Services
  • Computer disaster recovery
  • Contingency planning
  • Disaster preparedness/recovery
  • Documentation
  • Information assurance and security
  • Independent verification and validation
  • Software installation
  • Virus detection/recovery

8(a) STARS II GWAC Features & Benefits



  • $10B program ceiling through the year 2021
  • Directed task orders up to $4M
  • Contract types include: fixed price, labor hour, and time and material terms
  • Permits other direct costs when it is integral and necessary to the IT effort
  • Access to exceptionally qualified 8(a) small business industry partners
  • Pre-competed, easy-to-use contract with streamlined ordering procedures based on FAR 16.505
  • Complimentary scope compatibility reviews
  • Compliance with Section 843 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2008 and Section 863 of NDAA 2009
  • No protests on orders under $10M, except on the grounds that the order increases the scope, period, or maximum value of the GWAC
  • Allows for long term planning of large scale program requirements
  • Enhanced opportunities for 8(a) firms
  • Offers flexibility of contract types to mitigate risk
  • Facilitates integrated IT solutions
  • Enables federal clients to earn 8(a) small business credit
  • Saves time and money by reducing procurement lead time
  • Promotes contract compliance and reduces risk of adverse audits
  • FAR 16.505 Fair Opportunity process supports best value awards
  • Minimizes protest risk and supports timely order award for optimal mission support



Additional Information

Contractor’s Program Manager:

Ethan Kazi

(410) 675-5708 x7111
(410) 675-5111 (fax)
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