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Federal Spending Spree Imminent in Remaining Months of Fiscal 2018; PSC’s David Berteau Comments

David Berteau

Federal agencies are expected to spend up to 40 percent of their fiscal 2018 budgets before the new fiscal year begins in October, Nextgov reported Wednesday.

Defense and civilian agencies would have to obligate at least $140 billion in additional budget authorized under the omnibus spending package passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump in March, when agencies were already halfway through fiscal 2018.

“If agencies are going to spend the extra money in fiscal 2018, it’s going to have to be at a much higher percentage in the fourth quarter than it has been historically,” David Berteau, president of the Professional Services Council, told the publication.

Civilian and defense agencies have awarded approximately $300 billion in fiscal 2018 contracts, according to the Federal Procurement Data System.

A report by The Pulse shows that out of the 10 largest federal agencies, the Energy Department and NASA are the only two that have obligated 70 percent of their projected discretionary budget for fiscal 2018.

“In short, this means there is a lot of money, more than normal, still on the table for Q4 FY18,” according to the report.

Berteau noted that agencies look to contract vehicles with extensive scopes and viable ceiling values that allow them to immediately obligate funds.

“I would think the government is looking for those vehicles. … And contractors themselves would be trying to help customers find them and use them,” he added.

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