Analyst: Brace yourself for a busier-than-ever federal 'busy season’

Federal agencies’ natural tendency to spend more in the final months of a fiscal year has been amplified in recent years, Deltek analyst John Slye wrote on – adding, "the fiscal turmoil of FY 2011 and 2012 could make this season especially challenging."

In the post, published Aug. 22, Slye provided this chart showing the projected spending levels for the upcoming quarter:


Deltek chart showing projected busy-season buying


In FY 2011, more than 40 percent of federal contract obligations came in Q4, Deltek research shows. According to Slye, a similar pattern in FY 2012 would mean as much as $45 billion in federal contracts and task orders IT products and services. Fears that budget sequestration will not be averted could slow some of that spending, Slye writes – though others have speculated that fears of looming cuts in January could prompt some agencies to push spending forward to fiscal 2012.

About the Author

Connect with the FCW staff on Twitter @FCWnow.

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.


  • Anne Rung -- Commerce Department Photo

    Exit interview with Anne Rung

    The government's departing top acquisition official said she leaves behind a solid foundation on which to build more effective and efficient federal IT.

  • Charles Phalen

    Administration appoints first head of NBIB

    The National Background Investigations Bureau announced the appointment of its first director as the agency prepares to take over processing government background checks.

  • Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

    Senator: Rigid hiring process pushes millennials from federal work

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said agencies are missing out on younger workers because of the government's rigidity, particularly its protracted hiring process.

  • FCW @ 30 GPS

    FCW @ 30

    Since 1987, FCW has covered it all -- the major contracts, the disruptive technologies, the picayune scandals and the many, many people who make federal IT function. Here's a look back at six of the most significant stories.

  • Shutterstock image.

    A 'minibus' appropriations package could be in the cards

    A short-term funding bill is expected by Sept. 30 to keep the federal government operating through early December, but after that the options get more complicated.

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco

    DOD launches new tech hub in Austin

    The DOD is opening a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental office in Austin, Texas, while Congress debates legislation that could defund DIUx.

Reader comments

Thu, Aug 30, 2012 OccupyIT

Nothing like a rush to the altar, either. Check out USAID using a short-listed schedule RFQ and a one week turnaround to procure $200M worth of IT Services. I'm sure the due dilligence there will be spot on - just like the BPA they tried to use for the exact same purpose earler this month that GAO dismissed as rushed and incorrectly evaluated... Hrmmm..... they even managed to bloat the scope up so inappropriate (read, proscribed by the FAR) 'bundling' of small business work is a reality. This leaves a smell only desperation or a preselected vendor could explain. Maybe the vendor that previously quit the PMO work to bid this sweet bundle with access to everyone's plans? Any entrepid reporter want to find out what the rush is? Responses are due today... nothing on nothing on eBuy.... Nice work if you can get it.

Thu, Aug 23, 2012

When congress can't produce budgets and you spend most, if not all the FY on CRA, you are suprised to see a buying frenzy at the end of the FY?

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

More from 1105 Public Sector Media Group