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What to Expect at Fiscal Year End 2016

Marc Vogtman / Jul 7, 2016

As we approach another fiscal year end it seems a good time to look back at federal contracting trends over the past several years. Specifically, I wanted to see if we could use Q1 through Q3 award and spending activity to forecast Q4 activity.

Fiscal Year-End 2015 Wrap-up

Marc Vogtman / Sep 22, 2015

Government Product News picked up my fiscal year-end blog series this week, so thought it was a good time for a quick wrap up.

In previous posts​ I’ve covered the high-profile IDIQs that are in process for recompete or initial award. Today I wanted to call attention to some of the interesting, niche, and/or small business focused indefinite delivery vehicle procurements happening at year end. They are generally lower dollar value than those I've previously written about, but potentially impactful to their own market segments.

New IDIQ Awards at Fiscal Year End

Marc Vogtman / Jul 24, 2015

In couple of posts in this FY end series I’ve covered the re-competes of high profile indefinite delivery vehicles that are going on right now. In this post I want to highlight a few important,new IDIQs that are nearing award for the first time.

This is Part 2 of a blog post about high profile indefinite delivery vehicle (IDV) re-compete procurements that are ramping up or completing at fiscal year end. (You can find Part 1 here.) In this post, I highlight three more IDV procurements - STARS II, ESD II, and WPS 2. Let’s dive right in.

Federal contracting professionals know that indefinite delivery vehicles (IDVs) can be the most valuable contracts to hold. They provide more predictable long-term revenue under a simplified procurement process, and with limited competition. As I’ve been covering trends related to the fiscal year end and the federal buying season, I though it would be useful to highlight the high profile IDV procurements that are ramping up or closing before September 30.

​In previous posts I’ve gone through all of the agencies that have a spike in procurement activity at the end of the fiscal year. I thought it was worthwhile to also highlight those that maintain a more consistent pace of procurement activity.

We’ve already discussed one non-defense agency that does the vast majority of its procurements in the fourth quarter of the government fiscal year (July – September) – Department of State. In this post I want to do a quick review of the rest of the non-defense space.

In my last post I covered Air Force, which is the defense agency with the most pronounced Q4 preference. Here I want to look at the other big defense agencies – Army and Navy – to determine which one conducts more of its procurement activity during the final quarter of the year.

If you’ve been following this series, we’re learning that the U.S. government tends to do the majority of its procurements within the final quarter of the fiscal year – July through September. Department of State is among the non-defense agencies that do an even higher percentage of their procurements in Q4 than average. But what about the defense agencies?

The U.S. government tends to do the majority of its procurements within the final quarter of the fiscal year – July through September. But it turns out not all agencies have a seasonal preference to the same degree.

The (Fiscal Year) End is Nigh

Marc Vogtman / Jul 6, 2015

I hope everyone in government contracting land had a nice holiday weekend. Now it’s time to get to work. Because we project that about 42,000 new solicitations for government contracts will be published on between now and September 30.

​Alliant launched in 2009 with two tracks. GSA awarded Alliant contracts to 57 companies (mostly large businesses) on the standard track, and to 68 registered small businesses on the small business track. In this final installment of our Alliant series, I'm going to dig in to the activity of Alliant Small Business.

​In part 1, I covered the big picture with regard to the way agencies and vendors are using Alliant. In this post I'm going a little further into the weeds. We know that some agencies are using this GWAC to award huge, multi-year task orders. But which agencies? And what kinds of task orders?

Today I'm beginning a short series on Alliant – GSA's flagship, $50 billion governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC) for IT solutions. Guess what you don't know about how these limited competition vehicles.

As part of our efforts to make the government procurement process easier to understand, we take a look at Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) seven-year, $22 billion, multi-award IQC vehicle.

Fiscal Year 2014 in Review

Marc Vogtman / Oct 21, 2014

October is here again, and another government fiscal year has closed. Let's take a look back at the procurement activity of FY 2014 for the highs and the lows.

Holidays and Contracting Activity

Marc Vogtman / Jun 30, 2014

An Excel nerd uses the GovTribe API to investigate a government contracting urban legend. Is there any correlation between government postings of solicitations and the federal holiday schedule?

A couple of weeks ago, I participated in the White House’s Open Data Licensing Jam. Organized in concert with our friends over at 18F, the Jam was focused on addressing issues with respect to open government data.

All About Protests

Marc Vogtman / May 13, 2014

Last week we looked at the process of getting to contract award, introducing the Purse String Index for HHS and DHS. This week we’re taking a peek at what sometimes happens post-award – protests. A protest is an official challenge to the award or proposed award of a contract, or a challenge to the terms of a solicitation for a contract.

GovTribe deals in data. Gobs and gobs of government contract data. We use that data to provide insights into the world of federal contracting through our apps and Custom Reports.

One of the most important components of the federal contracting market is the point of contact for an opportunity. The point of contact (usually a Contracting Officer or CO) is often the only source of information about current and future contracts.

​GovTribe is proud to announce our latest offering, Custom Reports! We couldn't be more excited about this product as it makes it drop dead simple for you to get detailed information on whatever government contracting topic tickles your fancy. Here's how it works...

This week we've got another entry for our Agency Insight series. We dive in to government spending on international development by examining USAID. We create these infographics using data from our iPhone app, hōrd. As the only iPhone app of its kind, hōrd gives you the real time activity of the government procurement universe. Our customers use hōrd to make better pursuit decisions and ultimately win more work. Download today and start tracking your favorite agency, office, contracting officer, competitor, or project.

This week we're, again, taking some liberties with our Agency Insight series to address an aspect of government procurement that's getting some attention in the media. Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts are an incredibly common tool used by agencies to more quickly award projects to companies. If you've seen our infographics on HHS, NASA, and DHS, you probably noticed that the largest contracts awarded in FY 13 for each of them were multi-million or multi-billion, multi-award, multi-year contracts. IDIQs (and their brethern, Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA)) are the primary vehicle through which government agencies obligate budgeted funds.

For the last two weeks we turned our analytical powers on the effects of the shutdown on government procurement and spending activities. In short, it's challenging for agencies to commit to future spending without a fiscal year budget and the data reflect this. It looks this morning like a short term deal is likely to pass, so we'll do an after action in another week to see if and how contracting activity rebounds.

We are now one week in to a government shutdown and there's no indication that this fiasco will end before the debt ceiling confrontation. Thousands of government employees have been furloughed and the private sector contractors who do government-funded work are similarly affected (as I discussed in last week's blog post).

If you're like me, your Facebook and Twitter feeds are overflowing with opinions about the government shutdown and what it means for federal government employees. While we don't want to tread too far in to that particular minefield, I will say that we here at GovTribe have family, friends, and colleagues who work for the government. Some have been furloughed and others, for the time-being, have not. But not knowing when or for how long you'll be getting a paycheck is tough and stressful. Our thoughts and best wishes are with them in this time of uncertainty.

Agency Insight: NASA

Marc Vogtman / Sep 18, 2013

​We continue our Agency Insight series by boldly going where no man has gone before. Well...that's probably not true, but we do think this deep dive into the procurement activity of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is pretty neat. Come on...admit it. You think rockets are cool too.

For our first Agency Insight post we analyzed the non-defense agency that had the highest total awards in FY 2013. What are your thoughts on this year's activity for the agency that includes the CDC, NIH, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services?

Our latest, hōrd 2.0, has way more data than our initial release. We spent the last six months building a completely new approach for consuming, processing, and making sense of government data from multiple sources. The iPhone app now provides insight and capability not available anywhere else. Our efforts have also given us pretty robust visibility into how the government behaves and where it allocates its resources. So we thought we'd share.

​GovTribe is interested in democratizing government data. Our first product, hōrd was designed to do just that. We give everyone the ability to quickly access useful government procurement information, from a mobile device, both online and off. We turn RFPs and RFIs into information humans are interested in, like Notices, Topics and Organizations. We let you add these things to your hōrd so that you can keep track of your favorite USAID Mission, contracting officer, or competitor. We price it at 4 bucks so that anyone can buy it. We want people to make their own technology choices and be in the know, the minute something happens.

Agency Insight: USAID Bangkok

Nate Nash / Jan 10, 2013 you all know, we recently released our first product, hōrd. During said launch, we tweeted the only USAID Mission who was following us on Twitter about the capabilities of hōrd. They were kind enough to engage so we thought we would use some of the data we harvested to provide a little insight into their world. So here you go, USAID Timor-Leste...thanks for the tweet.

Curious about federal procurement data? So are we. Actually, it's one of the main reasons we founded GovTribe. Also, it is the foundation for our first product, hōrd. Agency spending data is far too difficult to find, understand, and track. To help ease the process, and maybe even make it interesting, we've launched a series of blog posts on the spending habits of different agencies - Agency Insight.