The One New Thing I Learned at the 8(a) STARS III Industry Day

By Jeff Shen, President, Red Team Consulting

To those of you who tuned in for the GSA hosted 8(a) STARS III webinar yesterday, you may not have been too surprised with the content that GSA presented. However, there was one interesting update GSA provided that validates what many have asked regarding 8(a) Prime Offerors and Joint Ventures.

Specifically, here is the update breakdown you need to know that may impact your overall proposal:

  • An 8(a) firm is not eligible to receive an award as a Prime and as part of a Joint Venture.
  • Any firm seeking to participate in STARS III (8(a) or otherwise) can only be part of one JV on STARS III.
  • Where the same firm is seeking to participate through two or more JVs, each JV containing that firm will be deemed ineligible for a STARS III award.

As GSA stated, an 8(a) Offeror can only be considered for one award either as a Prime or a Joint Venture. Further, for those large or mid-tier companies that are a part of a Mentor Protégé agreement, you may only be a part of one 8(a) Joint Venture team.

GSA has not explicitly prohibited 8(a) Prime Offerors from being part of other teams though. If you are Priming, you are still eligible to subcontract to other 8(a) Prime Offeror’s teams, but not as a Joint Venture member.

If you have any questions, or need any proposal or pricing support for STARS III, please contact Blake Harvey at Red Team Consulting at

About Jeff Shen

Jeffrey Shen is President at Red Team Consulting, bringing more than 20 years of proven leadership and expertise in Federal contracting, corporate strategy, and business development. He has consulted to the U.S. Federal Government and Fortune 500 companies worldwide.Red Team Consulting, LLC (Red Team) is one of the premier providers of proposal development consulting, capture management, pricing strategy, and training services in support of Government contractors. Red Team’s mission is simple – help our clients grow their business. Visit Red Team on the web at


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