February 21, 2017
Pentagon allocates billions amid uncertainty about Trump budget
Source: Bloomberg Government, Robert Levinson, February 9, 2017
Despite inaction by Congress on appropriations as it awaits guidance from President Donald Trump on his priorities, the Pentagon’s Defense Logistics Agency continues to award billions of dollars in government contracts.
The Trump administration may forgo submitting a bare-bones budget outline to Congress this month, postponing the fiscal blueprint until as late as May, Bloomberg Government reported. For fiscal 2017 appropriations, Congress is still awaiting a pending supplemental request that may include more money for the military as well as possible funding for a border wall with Mexico.
The DLA, which provides goods and services necessary for day-to-day U.S. military operations, can’t wait. It awarded eight major contracts worth as much as $13.4 billion over the last three months, BGOV data show.
The largest of these is a multiple-award contract known as J6 Enterprise Technology Services Contract, or JETS, which will allow 144 approved vendors to compete for information technology services task orders at DLA.
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