6 Trends in the April 2015 NASA Acquisition Forecast

A new #GovList is out: 6 Trends in the April 2015 NASA Acquisition Forecast. Check back frequently for more from #GovList!

NASA typically releases an update to its federal acquisition forecast in the first and third quarters of each fiscal year. Here are 6 Trends in the April 2015 NASA Acquisition Forecast.

  1. NASA’s April 2015 opportunity forecast, which includes all NASA Centers, listed 672 opportunities. Though this was 3% drop from the Q1FY2014 forecast list, it was a 14% increase in active opportunities, from 505 in Q1 to 575 in Q3.
  2. The April 2015 forecast had significantly more opportunities in the construction, research & development and services industries; however requirements for supplies (including equipment) dropped 12%.
  3. NASA currently has 163 set-aside opportunities on the forecast. This was a 51% increase in small business set-aside projects from Q1 forecast. Of these, 121 were small business set-aside with another 32 for 8(a) companies. The remaining 10 opportunities were split between Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB), HUBZone, and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). Procurement strategies were not included for 25% of the active opportunities.
  4. The forecast included 15 small business opportunities with an anticipated value of over $100 million. Seven opportunities were out of the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) with six currently in source selection or recently awarded. The Support for Atmospheric Sciences (SAS) requirement, tracked by Deltek under Opp ID #122580, was the only requirement with a solicitation release pending. According to the forecast, the RFP is expected in Q2 FY2016.
  5. Though GSFC had 93 active opportunities on the April 2015 forecast, the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) had more, with 99. Most of KSC’s requirements were for services, primarily custom computer programming, telecommunications and software. NASA’s Headquarters and GSFC actually had more services opportunities. NASA Headquarters requirements included 15 for administrative management and general management consulting services and another 6 for engineering services.
  6. Despite having the most active opportunities listed on the April 2015 forecast, KSC had 7% less than the previous forecast. However, both NASA Headquarters and Glenn Research Center (GRC) doubled their active listings. GRC increased construction and research & development opportunities, whereas Headquarters increased the number of services projects on the forecast.

By Nathaniel Kulyk, Research Analyst at Deltek

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5 Facts about State Health and Human Services Budgets

In case you missed Deltek’s White Paper: State Health & Human Services Budget Analysis and Forecast 2015, this week’s GovList highlights 5 Facts About HHS Budgets.  Check back next week for more from #GovList!

  1. Health and Human Services spending amounts to nearly 40% of state budgets. In some states (Iowa and Maine, for example) HHS budgets account for nearly 55% of all state spending.
  2. State HHS budget growth has slowed from its peak during the Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation, but is still on pace to grow at 3.9% CAGR from 2015-2020.
  3. Though most ACA-related IT spending is behind us, there are still many opportunities in states that expanded Medicaid.
  4. Human services IT infrastructure took a backseat to health care programs in the recent past, but this will likely change as states refocus on aging human services technology in the coming years.
  5. HHS budget growth has outpaced, and will continue to outpace, overall budget and revenue growth. This means increased opportunity for solutions offering efficiency and cost-saving measures. Though states will surely look for solutions to slow HHS growth, there is still abundant opportunity for vendors in the state HHS market.

By Stephen Moss, Health and Human Services Analyst at Deltek


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Ten Multi-Billion Dollar Federal Opportunities To Watch in the Second Half of CY 2015

This week’s list: Ten Multi-Billion Dollar Federal Opportunities To Watch in the Second Half of CY 2015.  Check back next week for another #GovList!

  1. GSA — Alliant 2 Unrestricted: $50B, primary requirement is Information Technology
  2. GSA — Alliant 2 Small Business: $15B, primary requirement is Information Technology
  3. DISA — Encore III: $12.2B, primary requirement is Professional Services
  4. Army — Information Technology Enterprise Solutions 3 Services (ITES-3S): $12Bprimary requirement is IT Professional Services
  5. Defense — Defense Health Information Technology Services Generation IDIQ (DHITS GEN I): $10B, primary requirement is IT Professional Services
  6. State — Criminal Justice Program Support (CJPS): $10B, primary requirement is Professional Services
  7. MDA — Integrated Research Development for Enterprise Solutions (IRES): $5.75B, primary requirement is IT Professional Services
  8. Army — Army Desktop and Mobile Computing 3 (ADMC-3): $5B, primary requirements are Information Technology and Management, Scientific and Technical Consulting
  9. Air Force — Contracted Advisory and Assistance Services V (CAAS V): $4.7B, primary requirement is Services
  10. Commerce — Professional and Technical Support Services Contract Vehicle (PRO-TECH): $3B, primary requirement is Professional Services

By Jennifer Sakole, Principal Analyst at Deltek

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The Top 8 Things to Know About the FY 2016 Defense Budget Request

This week’s list — The Top 8 Things to Know About the FY 2016 Defense Budget Request. Check back next week for another #GovList!

  1. The Department of Defense’s (DOD) FY 2016 budget proposal relies heavily on Congress approving its cost reduction plans and providing a sequestration alternative.
  2. DOD total contractor addressable budget reflects a requested increase from $362 billion in FY 2015 to $378 billion in FY 2016.
  3. Despite hopes for an overall budget increase, DOD is making cuts to some ships, aircraft and ground vehicles to protect key modernization programs. Some of this impact is being offset by realigning previous Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding back into base funding.
  4. There is a concerted effort, particularly within Army, to reduce the level of service contract spending. Previous training efforts will allow Army to transition some previously contracted work back to the military workforce.
  5. The deferment of some new facilities construction and Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization (SRM) projects started under sequestration continues.
  6. The DOD budget reflects a continued emphasis on the Joint Information Environment, the network consolidation effort that will drive long-term DOD-wide savings and improved performance. The military departments continue to work on network infrastructure consolidation to advance JIE progress.
  7. DOD continues to priority cybersecurity funding, however agencies are revisiting the balance among its military, civilian and contractor workforce as it develops a new cyber workforce planning model.
  8. Army and Air Force will continue to conduct data center discovery and develop plans to migrate applications to a cloud environment. The Army is currently working on a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) that will be available in FY 2016 for application migration to the cloud.

by Deniece Peterson
Director of Federal Industry Analysis at Deltek

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5 Facts about Engineering Services

In case you missed Deltek’s webinar, Federal Contracting Trends in Engineering Services, here are 5 Facts about Engineering Services. Check back next week for more from #GovList!

  1. Engineering Services, as defined by NAICS 541330, was the second largest industry from FY 2010 to FY 2014 based on reported spending. It was second only to Aircraft Manufacturing.
  2. More than 33,000 companies registered as a provider of Engineering Services, though only about 20% reported contract activity as a prime contractor.
  3. The Navy was the largest buyer of Engineering Services, with $66.0 billion obligated over the five year period.
  4. From FY 2010 to FY 2014, 69% of all contract spending was through Task Orders, with $18.7 billion in FY 2014.
  5. Though the Navy acquired more Engineering Services through Task Orders based on reported spending, the Department of Homeland Security spent a larger portion of its Engineering Services contract dollars through Task Orders, averaging 94% from FY 2010 to FY 2014.

By Kathleen Sievers
Senior Manager of Research at Deltek

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The Top 5 Federal Industries for the DC/MD/VA Region

This week’s list: The Top 5 Federal Industries for the DC/MD/VA Region. Check back next week for more from #GovList!

In the local Washington, DC metro region, industries see growth and decline at the heart of the federal government. Here is a look at the top five industries found by reviewing federally reported spending data from fiscal years 2010 through current reported spending of fiscal year 2014.

  1. Information Technology (IT): IT leads the region in federal spending by accounting for 36% of all industry spending for the past five years. The top purchaser of IT services is the Department of the Army in the region. Though, Army IT spending has declined by $2 billion since fiscal year 2010. Of the region Virginia spends the most on federal IT services, over $103 billion spent between fiscal year 2010 and 2014. DC comes in last for spending at only $33 billion for the same time period.
  2. Professional Services: Ranking second on the list is the Professional Services industry. Federal Professional Services account for over $140 billion in spending since fiscal year 2010. Virginia leads in spending at $73 billion, followed by DC at $41 billion and finally Maryland at $26 billion from fiscal year 2010 to 2014.
  3. Research & Development (R&D): R&D is our third highest spending federal industry in the region at $43 billion over five years. Despite being a top industry, spending for our third rank is a significant drop from the number two spot at $97 billion less and only takes up roughly 9% of total spending for the region for fiscal year 2010 to 2014. The Navy, Army and Air Force account for significant portions of spending for this industry at 24%, 18%, and 15% respectively.
  4. Defense & Aerospace: The Defense & Aerospace industry ranks fourth in spending for the local region. Spending of the past five years has been $38 billion. The District spends the least on Federal Defense & Aerospace averaging $195M a year, or $977M for the past five fiscal years. Virginia spends the most for a total of $26 billion from fiscal year 2010 to 2014.
  5. Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC): AEC spending rounds out our list at $26 billion for the past five full fiscal years. Virginia has spent $11 billion since fiscal year 2010 on AEC. However, spending has been declining each year for a total difference of $1.4 billion from fiscal year 2010 to 2014. The Army and Navy make up the predominant spending space for federal AEC in the region, each account for 27% of total spending. Both departments have seen similar declines over the past five years; Army by $865 million, and Navy by $532 million.

By Ashley Bergander,
Research Manager at Deltek

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9 Buying Trends for NETCENTS-2 Application Services Small Business

This week’s list: 9 Buying Trends for NETCENTS-2 Application Services Small Business. Check back next week for more from #GovList!

  1. From date of award through the first quarter of FY 2015, 152 Task Orders have been awarded for a total estimated value of $432.0 million. The average task value was $2.8 million.
  2. 12 Task Orders valued at $63.4 million were awarded thus far in FY 2015, with an average task value of $5.3 million.
  3. All 12 contract vehicle holders have been awarded tasks.
  4. The most Task Orders, 107, were awarded by the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), as well as 5 of the 12 Task Orders awarded to date in FY 2015.
  5. The AFMC Task Orders had a combined total ceiling value of $311.8 million, $192 million more than all other MAJCOMs combined.
  6. Maxwell-Gunter AFB awarded Task Orders with the highest combined ceiling value, $121.2 million. Wright-Patterson AFB (WPAFB) was second with $115.8 million for the combined total estimated value of its awarded Task Orders.
  7. Though Maxwell-Gunter AFB and WPAFB awarded tasks with the highest combined estimated total value, Hanscom AFB awarded the most tasks, with 42.
  8. Task Orders were awarded by 26 different Air Force bases located in 17 states and Germany.
  9. The largest Task Order awarded thus far was for Subject Matter Expert (SME) services for the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) HIAR and HIAM Program Offices. This task, awarded to Excellus Solutions, LLC in July 2014, has a ceiling value of $31.5 million (Tracked by Deltek under GovWin opportunity ID # 89252).

by Kathleen Sievers
Senior Manager of Research at Deltek

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