No, we're not talking about Xmas. We're talking about the end of an administration's term. That is the time when you start to see the feathering of the nests that will later support former civil servants as they leave the government.
And we don't have to look have to look any farther than Mississippi State today. Without competition, the UK's Surrey Labs recently landed a contract to teach students there how to build small spacecraft. We guess we really don't know how to do that any more? Perhaps because NASA's budget is going completely towards fixing the decrepit Ares rocket and the plump Orion the capability to build small sats has been lost? Who wants to tell that to Ball, Orbital, and AeroAstro?
The real question is which of the Emperor's minions is going to benefit most when he leaves government? Mark your calendars for just after the election and see which Constellation official lands in the Magnolia State.