After a week of hardcore voting the GovMadness field has been sliced in half from 64 to 32. There were definitely some close match ups and even a few upsets as we saw some major agencies and cities get knocked out.
Here’s what happened on the Agency side of the bracket:
– DoD gets the easy victory over IBB (International Broadcasting Bureau). This one was pretty much what you expect out of 1 vs 16 game.
– In a battle of heavy weights the State Dept. took down GSA with 56 percent of the vote. Early exit for GSA is surprising looking at GovLoop demographics.
– NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) pulled the upset on SSA (Social Security Admin). Something tells me Japan’s recent tragedy might have spurred this pick, thoughts and prayers go out.
– DOI pushed through The SEC (Securities & Exchanges Comm.) to move to the second round
– The Smithsonian Institution slipped passed the EPA by the narrowest of margins to slide into the second round where the bracket really opens up for them
– Treasury knocks out EEOC in really no surprising fashion as everyone loves money.
– DOJ pushes the FCC out of the tournament so now we no longer have to censor this blog
– Heavy favorite, the VA dominated The National Labor Relations Board with 78 percent of the vote moving on to round 2.
– The Energy Dept. put it on HUD setting up and interesting 2nd round match between DOE and VA.
– DOT cruised through USAID driving forward towards the final 4.
– NARA almost pulled the shocker but in the end HHS rallied to stay in the tournament by eeking out 52 percent of the vote.
– The Education Dept. took down Dept of Commerce in a lopsided fashion. Watch out I’m labeling ED as a dark horse to win it all
– Food triumphs as USDA out muscles the SBA to make it into round 2
– Dept of Labor beat down the FDIC in a match up that wasn’t close from the get go.
– Ressler’s old team DHS moved to round 2 with 60 percent of the votes over the Government Printing Office.
Here’s what happened on the city side of the bracket:
– NYC takes down Nashville in a win for every one that doesn’t like country music
– San Fransisco wins their in state battle with the capital Sacramento with 54 percent of the vote
– DC is an easy winner over Albuquerque taking the highest voting percentage win of the first round
– New Orleans knocks off Phoenix in an upset but come on we all new people would vote for the swamp over the desert right?
– San Jose uses it’s Silicon Valley swagger to defeat Columbus, OH
– Boston bounced Houston in what the seeding calls an upset but what we at GovLoop call normal… Boston will go far
– Detroit’s recent advertising has paid off as they take down El Paso
– Philly marched over Oklahoma City and looks to be on a collision course with Boston in the 3rd round.
– Chicago outs it’s neighbor to the north making easy picking of Madison, Wi
– In the closest match up Dallas beats Memphis by a single vote.
– Austin takes it’s weirdness into round 2 with a victory over Tucson
– Lets Rodeo San Antonio as their win over Milwaukee sets up a Lone Star State showdown with Austin in Round 2
– Baltimore beats Indianapolis with 69 percent of the vote
– In an intriguing match up San Diego slips passed Denver in a battle that should have happened a few rounds later
– Seattle had no problems handling Jacksonville
– LA rallies to beat Virginia Beach and avoid the big upset and early exit.
Also you can check the standings for who is currently winning the bracket challenge. Right now there’s a lot of traffic at the top with one leader at 31 points but several others just one or two points of the pace.