The value of the top 20 U.S. government IT contracts in fiscal 2007 will be US$118 billion, less than half the value of the top 20 government IT contracts in 2006, according to a report released Tuesday.The top 20 U.S. government IT contracts in fiscal 2006 totaled $240 billion, according to Input, a Virginia firm that helps private companies win government contracts. Contracts with the U.S. Army, General Services Administration (GSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) account for half of the procurements in the top-20 list for 2007, Input said.A couple of factors have contributed to the lower 2007 numbers\u2014belt-tightening in the U.S. Congress and a number of large multiyear contracts awarded in 2006, said Ashlea Higgs, manager of new markets at Input. "The IT spending has more of a chance to go through existing contract vehicles," he said.Among the contracts awarded in fiscal 2006 were a $45 billion contract for a variety of IT services at the Department of Homeland Security, and a $42 billion contract at the Department of Energy. Two GSA contracts from Input\u2019s 2006 list, totaling an estimated $65 billion, were held over and are back on the 2007 list.Congress has also focused on reducing the government\u2019s $339 billion budget deficit this year. The U.S. government\u2019s IT budget grew by less than $1 billion between 2006 and 2007, Input said."It\u2019s another sign in the \u2018there\u2019s less money out there\u2019 column," Higgs said. "Budgets are tightening."While IT vendors may be disappointed with the total value of the 2007 contracts, each contract has "still has enough revenue potential to attract hundreds of vendors," he said.Among the largest IT contracts for fiscal 2007, which started Sunday:\n\nGSA\u2019s Alliant full and open contract, estimated value $50 billion over 10 years. The request for proposals was released in September, and Input predicts the contract will be awarded in June. This contract provides a broad range of IT services in areas including biometrics, business process re-engineering, communications and distance learning. It is available to all government agencies. This contract was held over from 2006.\n\nThe Army\u2019s Services for Operations, Planning, Training, and Resource Support Services for Warfighter Operations, phase 2, estimated value $30 billion over five years. Estimated request for proposal date is\u00a0August. Estimated award date is\u00a0January 2008. The contract focuses on operational planning, training, flight operations, modeling and simulation, and other areas.\n\nAlliant small business contract, estimated value $15 billion over 10 years. Request for proposals was released in September; estimated award date is June. This contract is similar to the full and open contract, but the scope is narrowed to two areas: information systems engineering, and systems operation and maintenance.\n\nU.S. Department of Treasury\u2019s Project Support Solutions contract, estimated value $10.8 billion over five years.\n\nGSA\u2019s contract for historically underutilized business zone firms, estimated $2.5 billion over five years. \n\nThe Department of Agriculture\u2019s Multiple Award Information Technology Support Services contract, phase 3, estimated $2 billion over five years.-Grant Gross, IDG News Service (Washington Bureau)Check out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.