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Washington DC August 21, 2012: The Center for Security Policy has posted 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 http://forthecommondefense.org/districts.
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.
These Congressional District Reports 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 ( https://www.fpds.gov) based on queries from http://www.governmentcontractswon.com, 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, go to http://forthecommondefense.org/reports .
The “Defense Breakdown Economic Impact Reports” are a 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.
About the Coalition for the Common Defense
The Coalition for the Common Defense is an alliance of like-minded individuals and organizations who believe that without provision for the “common defense,” as articulated by the Founders, the freedom that has allowed unprecedented opportunity and prosperity to flourish in this country would soon be imperiled. In this new age of budgetary cuts, the Coalition rejects the false choice between military strength and economic health contending that economic prosperity depends on a strong national defense. Through a series of events and strategic partnerships, the coalition is calling on elected officials, candidates for office and others who share our commitment to the common defense to uphold these principles. We must return the United States to sensible fiscal principles without sacrificing our national security.
A full statement of principles can be located here. The Coalition of the Common Defense can be found online at www.forthecommondefense.org.
About the Center for Security Policy
The Center for Security Policy is a non-profit, non-partisan national security organization that specializes in identifying policies, actions, and resource needs that are vital to American security and then ensures that such issues are the subject of both focused, principled examination and effective action by recognized policy experts, appropriate officials, opinion leaders, and the general public.
For more information visit www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org.