By Jeremy Herb - 02/18/14 11:27 AM EST
Contract awards coming from the Pentagon dropped to $8.44 billion in January, the lowest point in nearly two years, according to an analysis from Bloomberg News.
January is typically a slow month for Pentagon contracts, but $8.44 billion is well below the $12.1 billion awarded in January 2013, according to the analysis.
None of the contracts awarded in January topped $1 billion.
Part of the reason for the slowdown was due to the Pentagon working from a temporary spending measure for most of the month. President Obama signed a full-year appropriations bill on Jan. 17.
Under the terms of the deal, the Pentagon received $21 billion in sequester relief in 2014, but that topline was roughly $30 billion less than what the Pentagon had proposed in its 2014 budget request.
In January, the Pentagon announced 180 contracts at a maximum value of $8.44 billion, compared to 295 contracts in December worth $24.9 billion.