Many Fairfax County firms, especially in the information technology and defense-related sectors, receive government contracts to procure goods or perform services. The federal government spends more than $500 billion a year in private sector procurement. Spending by state and local governments pushes that figure even higher.
According to the Federal Procurement Data System, federal government contracts performed in Fairfax County reached $26.3 billion (68 percent defense agency work, 32 percent civilian agency work) in fiscal year 2012. The Fairfax County total was higher than any other county or city, 46 states and the District of Columbia.
Twenty-nine companies on Washington Technology magazine’s 2013 list of the 100 largest government contractors in the nation are based in Fairfax County or have U.S. headquarters here.
Opportunities abound in an array of markets including defense and homeland security; environmental services and products; information technology (IT) and telecom products, services and solutions; laboratory and scientific products and services; law enforcement, fire safety and security; and medical services and products.
The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority’s Procurement Academy is a series of comprehensive workshops focused on various aspects of the procurement process, from start to finish. The workshops emphasize practical strategies for success and provide the essential elements you need to function effectively in today’s procurement arena. Each workshop focuses on a different topic. For more information visit the Procurement Academy page.
This program provides small and disadvantaged businesses with technical and management assistance as well as access to the federal procurement market through sole-source, limited competition contracts and special procurement set-asides. All 8(a) firms must be unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are of good character and U.S. citizens. The 8(a) Program Web Site provides more detailed information on 8(a) program eligibility criteria, the application process, other resources and contact information.
For more information on the FCEDA's 8(a) assistance, visit the Services page for small, minority, and woman-owned firms.