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Timing of Contract Spending Differs by Contract Vehicle

In FY15 Federal agencies spent $437 Billion on contracts for goods and services. In addition to spending varying by agency and type, spending also varied greatly by month and this was most impacted by contract type. The common perception is that the bulk of spending occurs at the end of the fiscal year and this is certainly true for IDIQ contracts. Spending in September on IDIQ contracts was more than double spending in June, the next closest month. Spending on non-IDIQ contracts varied much less, September was only slightly greater than spending in February and March. The monthly standard deviation for IDIQ contracts was nearly twice that of non-IDIQ contracts. While this federal-wide view is interesting, agencies and offices have their own trends. FY15 Monthly

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