U.S. Government Contract Databases
With the threat of the US government budget cuts known as sequestration, which took effect Mar 1, 2013, vendors and researchers may wonder how spending on government contracts will be affected. And even without sequestration, researching US government contracts is an important skill for information professionals. Researchers can turn to federal sites, such as USA spending.gov and Federal Business Opportunities, and to databases, such as those from Bloomberg Government and ProQuest Dialog, for help in finding statistics on government spending and specific contract award data. The plethora of contracts awarded, as well as contractors specializing in competing for them, has indirectly created an industry within industries known as Government Professional and Technical Services. Librarians and information professionals working for firms that provide government services will want to become familiar with the sources mentioned in this article in order to provide to their clients the most comprehensive services possible.
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