$60B in IT-related contracts awarded in 2002, report says

The federal government awarded more than $60 billion in IT-related contracts in 2002, according to a report released today by IT research firm Input Inc. of Chantilly, Va.

Input's report examines the more than 650 contract awards in 32 government departments that Input tracked during calendar 2002. The report does not include contracting dollars awarded off the General Services Administration and governmentwide acquisition contract vehicles.

Five departments combined were responsible for $44 billion in awards in calendar year 2002 ' Transportation, Commerce, Army, Defense/Office of the Secretary of Defense and Navy.

The Department of Transportation led the federal government in technology contract awards by a significant margin, with a total contract award value exceeding $24 billion. This figure was driven largely by the award of the Coast Guard's $17 billion Deepwater Project, the largest procurement in Coast Guard history, according to Input.

The Commerce Department followed Transportation in contract awards, with $5.7 billion, nearly 10 percent more than Army, which had $5.2 billion in awards. DoD/OSD had $4.9 billion in awards; Navy had $4.4 billion.

Most IT dollars fell into three categories, according to the Input report. About $24.3 billion was spent on outsourcing services, including applications operations, desktop services and data center operations. Spending on professional services was $20.8 billion, and spending on network/telecommunications services was $9.5 billion.

The report can be found at http://www.input.com/index_v1_about.cfm?page=include_v1_infoform&ref=Media&promoid=25. Registration required.

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