Onvia’s latest research into nationwide government procurement opportunities point to weakness in state agency contracting volumes year-over-year in contrast to growth in city and county contracting opportunity volume. Onvia’s State and Local Procurement Snapshot Report for Q1 ’14 showed a decline of 3.1% in the total number of bids and RFPs at the state level in Q1 2014 vs. Q1 2013, while city contract volume rose by 7.9% and county volume was up 11.5% for the same period.
The following chart from the report highlights quarterly changes in the volume of contracting by agency level and illustrates the decline in state agency bids and RFPs and the increase in city and county opportunities. State and local contracting volume overall was up 5.2% versus the prior year.
While agency procurement trends at a macro level are an interesting way to look at the health and seasonality associated with state and local government contracting, vendors pursuing government business are best served by looking at contract opportunity volume for their specific industry vertical. Onvia’s complimentary Q1 2014 report breaks contracting trends down by 17 different industry verticals for additional perspective. For the Q1 2014 vs. Q1 2013 report, four industry verticals were negative for the quarter, one was flat and the remaining 12 industries showed growth for the period, contributing to the overall year-over-year increase of 5% for Q1 2014 vs. Q1 2013. More details are available by downloading the free report.