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House elections in battleground states could impact government contracting, says report

November 4, 2016 (Photo Credit: File)
A report by government contracting big data analyst Govini has identified congressional districts capturing the most contract obligations per resident, which could be impacted by Nov. 8 down-ballot voting in critical battleground states.

Derived from the analytics of 41 companies and nine agencies in Govini’s Software-as-a-Service platform, the “Bacon Score” highlights the most successful House of Representatives incumbents based on the dollar value of contracts performed in-district. In five of the 11 battleground states — Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida, Colorado and Ohio — there are 79 prominent House seats in play, and a change in who holds the seats could affect the ability to “bring home the bacon.”

Virginia, for instance, is the leading state in terms of contract obligations with $97.8 billion in combined contracts across several districts. The state already accounts for 12.1 percent of unclassified contract obligations in fiscal year 2016 and has been solidifying its reputation (especially in Northern Virginia and Norfolk) as a hotbed of IT industry investment. But it could fall behind California if it doesn’t have the right support of lawmakers to embrace cloud and virtualization alongside systems integration, professional services and technical engineering.

In Colorado and Florida, the aerospace industry has seen growth, with NASA and the Air Force accounting for 55.2 percent of Colorado’s contracts in fiscal years 2015 and 2016. And Florida is seeing a rise from Navy and Army spending increasing to $15.6 billion in fiscal year 2016, with many notable aerospace companies represented. Politicians challenging the policies of the opposing party could result in a decrease in contracts.

Similarly, in Pennsylvania and Ohio there is a push to attract advanced science and technology businesses to reinvigorate and supplement the existing manufacturing, transportation, warehousing and energy. Pennsylvania is getting support from pharmaceutical, healthcare and alternative energy companies selling to the government and seeing its contract work rise by 5.2 percent to $16.3 billion in fiscal year 2016. Ohio is seeing a rise in its industrial base thanks to the Air Force and Defense Logistics Agency.

A change in the balance of power, federal support, intrinsic business relationships and the procurement priorities and mechanisms in these states could shift the competitive landscape. Visit Govini’s website for a detailed breakdown.  

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