ANCs Get Billions Less in Contracts

July 15, 2012

Agencies are awarding far fewer contracts to Alaska Native Corporations this year than in the past.

Experts attribute the sharp drop to new measures installed last year to curb the volume and size of sole-source contracts handed to ANCs.

Agencies awarded ANCs $4.4 billion in contracts in 2011. About $2.5 billion of that — or 57 percent — was awarded through sole-source contracts valued at $20 million or more each, according to federal contract data.

But this year, the figures are dramatically lower: $1.8 billion in total obligations for the first three quarters of fiscal 2012. Sole-source contracts valued at $20 million or more each accounted for $587 million, or about 33 percent. 

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