That represents a 50 percent increase over the same period last year, according to a report released this week by Input, a provider of data on the government market. Federal government IT awards for the same period last year totaled $15.5 billion.
The upswing was fueled by a $10 billion contract for setting up the Visitor and Immigration Status Indication Technology System () for the Department of Homeland Security. The total worth of orders placed by the department alone was $10.7 billion, compared with $93 million for all IT-related contracts during the same period last year, the Reston, Va.-based market researcher said.
Five government departments--Homeland Security, the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the Department of Transportation--awarded nearly 90 percent of the contracts in the 2004 quarter, for a total of $21 billion. Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman tied for the most contract awards during the period.
Input said that "set-aside" awards to small businesses dropped by 20 percent. Fifteen government departments awarded $451 million in contracts to small businesses, compared with $562 million awarded in the same period last year. The Navy accounted for awards valued at $226 million in second quarter of 2004.