A Sea Change in Government Contracting?
My Washington Post colleague Dana Hedgpeth notes a potentially important sea change in government contracting. It could be a sign of what some analysts call the "softer side" of the federal government's spending, she writes.
Last week, SAIC of McLean won a $61 million contract with the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services to provide a software system that helps monitor grants.
The deal, some analysts say, represents what they predict will be a shift in the government's spending pattern. After years of the Pentagon awarding multi-million-dollar contracts to companies to build tanks, planes and armored vehicles to help support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, some company executives and defense industry analysts are predicting that the boom for major weapons systems may be over.
These experts say that the government will probably cut back defense spending and start putting more money toward agencies that do "softer" work -- like NIH and the Food & Drug Administration.
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