Federal contracts are predicted to increase by $59.6 billion during fiscal year 2015, according to the Deltek report Top 20 Federal Opportunities for FY 2015. The total contract value is projected to be $206 billion, compared to about $161 billion in total contract value in 2014.

Defense contracts are projected to fall by $7.4 billion compared to 2014, while civilian contracts are expected to be 2.5 times more than last year, at $109.6 billion. Typically defense contracts are the highest and it’s the first year since Deltek began compiling the top 20 that defense and civilian contracts are almost the even.

The largest contract on the list is for $50 billion, for Alliant II Unrestricted and is managed by the General Services Administration. The next highest contract is for the Army’s Responsive Strategic Sourcing for Services (RS3) for $30 billion, followed by the Defense Department’s Defense Health Information Technology Services Generation I IDIQ (DHITS GEN I) and Information Technology Enterprise Solutions 3 Services (ITES-3S CHESS) – both for $20 billion each.

Contracts related to Information Technology opportunities total $161.5 billion, which is 73 percent of the FY 2015 Top 20 total contract value and holds 11 of the 20 spots on Deltek’s list. During fiscal year 2014, professional Services opportunities accounted for the majority of contract value.

Other types of contracts on Deltek’s list are for professional services, defense and aerospace, operations and maintenance, and architecture, engineering and construction.

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Chandler Harris is a freelance business and technology writer located in Silicon Valley. He has written for numerous publications including Entrepreneur, InformationWeek, San Jose Magazine, Government Technology, Public CIO, AllBusiness.com, U.S. Banker, Digital Communities Magazine, Converge Magazine, Surfer's Journal, Adventure Sports Magazine, ClearanceJobs.com, and the San Jose Business Journal. Chandler is also engaged in helping companies further their content marketing needs through content strategy, optimization and creation, as well as blogging and social media platforms. When he's not writing, Chandler enjoys his beach haunt of Santa Cruz where he rides roller coasters with his son, surfs and bikes across mountain ranges.