Federal Spending Fiscal Year-End 2020

Explore our report on Federal Spending Fiscal Year-End 2020 with key insights on contract awards, spending patterns, top sectors and agency preferences for businesses.

Federal Spending Fiscal Year-End 2020: An Overview

It's that time of year again; the fiscal year-end report for 2020 has just been released. This comprehensive analysis gives a detailed account of government contract awards, with an emphasis on the significant spending boost that traditionally transpires in September - the closing month of the fiscal year. Let's dig into the key insights from the report.

Monthly Perspective on Federal Contract Awards (FY 2011 to 2020)

This extensive study illustrates a distinct pattern in federal spending:

  1. From October to August, we're seeing an average of $33.6 to $50.6 billion in contract awards.
  2. However, by the time September rolls around, that jumps to an average of $86 billion.

Top Spending Agencies in September 2020

The big spenders during this period include the Army, Navy, VA, Air Force, and Defense Logistics Agency. What's striking, though, is that four agencies (VA, NIH, Customs and Border Protection, State Department) dedicated over a quarter of their yearly contract awards to September 2020 alone.

Federal Contract Awards by NAICS Code for September 2020

The top sectors for September 2020 were:

  • Administrative Management
  • Computer Services
  • Engineering Services

Interestingly, the report also provides a breakdown of awards per specific NAICS codes via the GSA Schedule.

Socio-Economic Size Status in September 2020

When it comes to size, small businesses made up about 30% of all contract awards. This distribution paints a picture of the balance between small concerns and businesses of other sizes.

September 2020 Awards by Contract Type

Breaking it down by contract type, Indefinite Delivery Contracts (IDCs) and Federal Supply Schedules (FSS) were a common sight. Small businesses, in particular, secured a significant portion of their awards through GSA and VA Schedule Contracts.

Agency Spending in Fiscal Year 2020

The FBI stood out by awarding almost 40% of its Fiscal Year 2020 contracts in September alone. For a more granular understanding, an interactive chart details the total contract awards for Fiscal Year 2020, the percentage of awards handed out in September, and awards coordinated through the GSA/VA Schedules.


Sourced from SAM.gov, the data underscores the cyclical nature of federal spending, spotlighting the surge in contract awards at the fiscal year-end. This information creates an invaluable resource for businesses aiming to engage in government contracting, by offering insights into spending patterns, key sectors, and agency preferences. The expertise of a former GSA Schedule Reviewer helps us offer excellent GSA Schedule Consulting services.

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