GovTribe maintains databases of Contract and Grant award and spending information synced to the definitive government data sources on a daily basis, comprehensive through the year 2000. In addition to the ability to look up the details on a specific contract or grant award, you can use this aggregate data to understand trends and performance in entire market segments. And, crucially, you can define what those markets segments are.
One of the most useful tools for doing this is the Reports tab of the Federal Contract Award or the Federal Grant Award search pages. This document explains how to use Reports on the Federal Contract Award search, but it works the same way with Grant Awards.
To perform a market analysis for federal contracts:
Step 1. Go to: Main Menu >> Federal Contract Awards (take me there).
Step 2. Use Filters (and/or keyword search) to define your market segment.
Furthermore, you could narrow to just cyber security-related contracts using a query string that covers several variations of the relevant keywords.
Continuing with this example, we have now defined a market segment of:
IT services work
Relating to cyber security using keywords from this industry
With civilian agency clients (non-DoD)
This market segment has approximately 2,000 associated contract awards.
Once you have defined your market segment as described above, click the Reports tab.
The Reports view displays two interactive elements, described below:
The Awards Timeline chart at the top of the page is a combination column and line chart illustrating the award and spending trends for the markets segment you've defined.
In this graph:
the purple columns represent the total dollars obligated during the indicated period of time
the dark blue line shows the number of new contracts awarded during that period
the light blue line shows the number of contract awards that ended during that period.
The periods illustrated in the chart pictured above are quarters, and you can switch to calendar year (CY), fiscal year (FY), or month. You can also customize the time period using the date selector in the upper left of the chart.
The Leaderboards section of the Reports view allows you to analyze the market segment more deeply. You are able to quickly understand who the players are in any market segment, what kind of work is being performed, what contracting mechanisms are being used, and how many contracts make up each subgrouping.
By default, the leaderboard reflects the Top 10 Vendors. Use the dropdown lists in the upper left corner to change the content of the leaderboard.
Some examples of useful information:
top 25 Agencies who are spending money in this market segment,
a breakdown of spending by NAICS codes
a list of the top Set-Asides
a list of the top government contracting officers
and much more!
Use the Export button to download the information to a CSV file for further analysis.