2002 saw $60B in fed contracts

The federal government awarded more than $60 billion in IT-related contracts in 2002, according to a report released by IT research firm Input Inc. of Chantilly, Va.

Input's report examined more than 650 contract awards in 32 government departments. It did not include contracting dollars awarded off GSA and governmentwide acquisition contract vehicles.

Five departments were responsible for $44 billion in awards in calendar 2002: the departments of Commerce, Defense and Transportation, and the Army and Navy.

The Transportation Department led the federal government in technology contract awards by a significant margin; its total contract award value exceeded $24 billion. This figure was driven by the award of the Coast Guard's $17 billion Deepwater Project, the largest procurement in Coast Guard history, according to Input.

The Commerce Department was second in contract awards, with $5.7 billion, nearly 10 percent more than the Army, which had $5.2 billion in awards. The Defense Department had $4.9 billion in awards; the Navy had $4.4 billion.

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