The Defense Department awarded 95 contracts valued at more than $6.3 billion during the 16 days of the government shutdown this month, with the Air Force and Navy awarding contracts valued $2.7 billion and $2.1 billion dollars, respectively.
The Pentagon, which ordinarily announces awards of contracts valued at more than $6.5 million on a daily basis, suspended the announcements – but not the awards – until Friday, when it posted all the contracts that met the threshold since Oct. 1.
The Air Force awarded United Launch Services LLC, a Boeing and Lockheed Martin joint venture, the biggest contract during the shutdown, a $939.1 million deal for Delta IV and Atlas V rockets to launch satellites primarily for the National Reconnaissance Office.
The largest technology contract let during the shutdown was a five year, indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity contract valued at $899.5 million awarded by the Navy to 14 companies for computing infrastructure support, including research, development, testing, evaluation, production and fielding of a wide range of capabilities.
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