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Presidential race could affect federal IT contract schedule

3/30/2012

The 2012 presidential election is likely to impact the timing of government IT contracts, according to Nextgov.

Participants in a March 28 TechAmerica Foundation panel discussion agreed that government IT contracting will not be seriously affected by the election outcome, reported the website.

"If there's a [presidential] turnover, there'll be a lot of activity at the end of the calendar year and in early January because the [Obama] administration will try to get as much out the door as it can," said Dan Chenok, a former branch chief for IT policy in the Office of Management and Budget. "If there's a second [Obama] term, that curve will be much more limited."

Molly O'Neill, vice president for CGI Federal, said government software contracts and IT acquisitions will continue to focus on cloud computing and achieving cost reductions, according to Nextgov.

Tim Young, a senior manager with Deloitte Consulting, said if Mitt Romney were to become president, he would likely turn more to outside contractors than the Obama administration has, the source stated. And Tim Hoechst, CTO of Agilex Technologies, said small businesses have benefited from the government's focus on low-cost IT contracts, because SMBs can often provide specialized services at a lower price point than major tech companies.

As IT companies monitor the situation in the federal government, states and municipalities are continuing to secure software contracts. Franklin County, Washington, recently signed a $1.1 million contract with a New York-based company for financial software, according to the Tri-City Herald.