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 GovWin.com – 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.

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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 FBO.gov.... 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?

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