Govini released its annual scorecard, offering insights into federal spending trends, including which agencies are spending, what the money is being spent on and what contractors agencies are working with.
With a new administration, there have been some changes throughout the government. The most notable and unexpected of these changes were within the Army and the Department of Health and Human Services.
“The Army saw a big uptake in contract spending,” Matt Hummer, director of analytics for Govini, said. This uptake is the “first positive growth seen in the Army’s spending in a long time.”
This growth can be explained by the new administration’s desire to revamp and revitalize the Army. Plus, with the Army seeking to procure tactical vehicles and vehicle lifts — both multi-year projects — contractors can expect to see more opportunities to work with the Army.
The Department of Health and Human Services has seen considerable spending toward professional and IT support during the past few years, thanks to their involvement with the Affordable Care Act. Now, with the Trump administration looking to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Hummer says that the department should expect even more changes.
Another department to note is Homeland Security. Hummer explained that the recent push to modernize the department’s IT systems created a 1.5 percent increase in contract spending. The survey notes that with the numerous contracts set to expire this year, the department has the flexibility it needs to reshape partnerships in the industry. This flexibility will be important for the Trump administration as they pursue their agenda to secure the U.S. border.
For more information on the scorecard, other departmental results, or to view the scorecard itself,