Fiscal 2014 may provide more high-dollar opportunities for federal contractors, after a recent slide in the value of new solicitations.
Deltek analyzed solicitations released each quarter from fiscal 2010 through 2013 as well as the same data for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 and anticipated solicitations for the remainder of the year.
The decreases in federal spending since fiscal 2011 have been mimicked in the combined dollar value of solicitations. Deltek saw a decline in solicitation values to $302.4 billion in fiscal 2013, down from a peak of $376.2 billion in 2011.
In contrast, the number of released solicitations has increased. The total of 6,325 solicitations released in 2013 is slightly less than the 6,700 in 2012, but represents a 32 percent increase from 2011. The average solicitation value in 2013 was $47.8 million, down from an average of $78.4 million two years earlier.
These changes illustrate a shift in federal procurement toward programs that are smaller in scope and dollar value, making it easier for agencies to gain approval to move forward.
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