Christopher Collins

Paulding County Republican Examiner

The Center for Security Policy yesterday released new Congressional District reports on the local economic impacts of the ten-year $500 billion in cuts to the nation’s defense budget under sequestration.

The reports are free and available online to the public at here.

The Center for Security Policy stated that the Congressional District Reports are a tool to help local officials and businesses prepare for the possible impact of job losses and harm to local communities from the sequestration budget cuts. The Congressional District Reports provide a 2011 baseline to see how congressional districts may be affected by the planned across-the-board sequestration cuts in the 2013 defense budget. These sequestration defense budget cuts will be an estimated total of 18% or more when combined with earlier budget cuts.

They explained that these Congressional District Reports also show 2011 defense contracts for businesses in each congressional district and bordering zip codes, including the contract dollar amount, contractor business name, address and phone number, the contractor industry classification, and whether the business is a small or disadvantaged business, woman-owned, minority-owned or veteran-owned.

The Congressional District Reports are provided as a spreadsheet file for each congressional district. They include contractor businesses in zip codes that are exclusively within the congressional district, as well as businesses in zip codes shared with bordering congressional districts.

To build each Congressional District Report, contract information was derived from public data at the Federal Procurement Data System based on queries from contracts found here and combined with public zip code data linked to congressional districts.

To view additional reports with 2011 data showing the 18% cuts for all U.S. states and territories, counties and cities, for both the contractor’s primary location and the “place of performance” of the contract work, the reports are here.

The “Defense Breakdown Economic Impact Reports” is a stated project of the Center for Security Policy for the Coalition for the Common Defense, intended to educate and engage the American public on the importance of maintaining a strong national defense.

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