Decades of federal government contract spending habits have proven to be a direct cause of the dramatic increase in awarded contracts as the September 30 fiscal year-end approaches. Even with a reduced budget and sequestration, the “use it or lose it” mentality is a driving force in government purchasing at this time of the year, whether it is for a $100 credit card purchase or a $10 billion contract. Although not all agencies award their contracts in this way, a large majority of federal agencies do.

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