Systems integrators can expect a busy 2006 as the federal government makes plans for major contracts from the Defense, Justice, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security departments as well as the General Services Administration.

A new report from the research firm Input Inc. of Chantilly identifies 20 information technology contracts to be awarded in the next 12 months that together would have a potential value of $250 billion.

That is the ceiling value of the contracts and stretches over several years; it is not based on appropriated funds. These contracts, however, most of which are for five years, could affect how agencies spend their money into the next decade, Input said.

Contracts such as the GSA's Alliant Small Business and the VA's Veterans Technologies Services offer opportunities for small businesses and businesses owned by service-disabled veterans. Other contracts, such as the GSA's Alliant Enterprise and the Army's Strategic Services Sourcing, offer significant incentives for using small businesses, Input said.

Many of these contracts consolidate other procurement vehicles, so companies that do not win a spot in the new contracts may be out of the money. The list of contracts can be found at Washington Technology's Web site,

Analysts will participate in a discussion about the procurement process at noon Sept. 8 at