Deltek’s Knowledge Lead Says Agencies Have $709B for Contracts

Deltek Chief Knowledge Officer Ray Bjrklund said federal agencies have $709 billion to spend on contracts, according to Fedscoop.

At the Federal Outlook conference in McLean, Va., he said federal agencies are starting to create new contracting opportunities by re-prioritizing their budgets.

Bjrklund said the Defense Department needs contractors to support both Afghanistan’s security forces and new information-based warfighting technologies.

This could create opportunities as a decrease in certain foreign military activity could cause the department to decrease spending on high-priced items by up to 20 percent, according to Deltek’s estimates.

The Pentagon also needs contractors to support nation-building activities in North Africa and the Middle East, Bjrklund said.

Construction spending is also trending upward. The Navy, Army and Air Force are exploring 44 additional construction projects and the Pentagon is exploring a new missile defense project, according to Bjrklund.

The Department of Veterans Affairs will expand six medical facilities while the ASOE will have three ecosystem restoration and flood control projects, according to FedScoop.

The government will also need contractors to maintain federal information technology systems, he said.

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