February 2019 Federal Analysis: Government Appropriations and Spending Plans

Posted by Nick Schiffler on February 22, 2019

Capital Building

GovWin’s research staff of more than 100 federal and state, local, and education (SLED) market analysts provide in-depth research reports, timely articles, webinars, presentations, and consultations to help clients build business development plans and navigate the government market effectively.

In this feature we highlight recent analysis from our federal research team, including an early look at federal government appropriations for FY 2019 and what that means for federal government contractors, plus analysis of veteran-owned contracting trends and federal civilian sector cloud contracting.

A First Look at Federal Government Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2019

With a federal government appropriations bill finally approved, the various branches of the federal government have been funded through the next eight months. GovWin’s Federal Market Analysis team has researched the details of this bill, highlighting for government contractors the areas that saw increased funding, and looks at how many of the largest, most influential departments are funded through the end of FY 2019.

“The U.S. House and Senate have passed, and President Trump is signing, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019, an omnibus appropriations bill that funds for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2019 those civilian agencies that were under Continuing Resolution (CR) through February 15. The result is that all federal departments and agencies have been funded through September 2019, the end of the fiscal year. The GovWin Federal Market Analysis team has looked at all these bills to see what is noteworthy.

The 12 FY 2019 appropriations bills fall into two groups – those passed before the beginning of the fiscal year and those passed as a consolidated appropriations after the latest series of CRs and a shutdown. A comparison of the appropriations bills reveals that eight of the bills saw at least modest increases in funding levels from FY 2018 to FY 2019.”

SDVOSB and Veteran-Owned Small Business Contracting Trends 

GovWin recently highlighted service-disabled veteran-owned small business government (SDVOSB) contracting trends for the upcoming year in an on-demand webinar. GovWin’s federal market expert Rachel Doherty presented an analysis of small business opportunities with a variety of highlights and factors impacting veteran-owned contractors, including some of the most comprehensive research of programs, vehicles, and vendors at-large.

“Highlights include: SDVOSB Contracting Trends, (such as) top departments and agencies spending with SDVOSBs, top federal industries for SDVOSB spending, and top contract vehicles for SDVOSB spending.”

Analysis of Recent Federal Civilian Sector Cloud Contracting

2018 was a major year for cloud contractors providing services and products to the civilian sector of the federal government. Research Analyst Alex Rossino has provided analysis of federal government cloud contracting from FY 2018, complete with graphics highlighting trends by service delivery and deployment model.

 “In Fiscal Year 2018, civilian agencies awarded contracts for cloud goods and services valued at more than $6.2B, twice the $2.7B total awarded in fiscal 2017. The top 10 civilian agencies in this mix are shown in the chart below.

2018 proved to be a banner year for cloud contracting in the federal civilian sector. Not only did most of the large agencies show growth in the total value of the cloud contracts (TCV) they awarded, in some cases this growth proved significant.”

Another Federal Government Shutdown Has Been Averted. What’s Next?

Now that a potential second federal government shutdown has been averted – at least for the near future – federal agencies and government contractors alike are working to get things back on track. GovWin Research Director Deniece Peterson provided a summary of the deal, including a breakdown of the appropriations act that helped prevent another shutdown, and explained what comes next.

“Given the typical impact of operating under a continuing resolution, magnified by a 35-day shutdown, agency heads are likely eager and ready to go with their apportionment requests so they can make the most of the rest of FY 2019.”

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