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 $23.0 billion (65 percent defense agency work, 35 percent civilian agency work) in fiscal year 2013. 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.
Recent Contract Wins for Fairfax County Companies:
- Science Applications International Corp. won a $667.3 million contract with the U.S. Navy to provide systems engineering and training services. Washington Technology.
- BAE Systems won a $226 million contract to provide the U.S. Army components for navigation systems used onboard helicopters. GovConWire.
- Alion Science and Technology won a $183.4 million U.S. Air Force contract modification to provide acquisition support to the Air Force's secretary for acquisition and the F-35 program office. GovConWire.
- Kratos Defense & Security Solutions won a $133 million contract with the U.S. Air Force to build a command and control system for military communications satellites. GovConWire.
- General Dynamics won a $132.7 million contract with the U.S. Army to supply Saudi Arabia with battle tanks. Citybizlist.
- Top federal contractors located in Fairfax County
- Federal Procurement fact sheet
- Federal Procurement for Minority-and Women-owned Businesses fact sheet
- Learn more about doing business with government agencies at the FCEDA's Procurement Academy
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Fairfax County EDA Procurement Academy
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.
- Click here to access the Federal Procurement Fact Sheet.
- Click here to access the Federal Procurement for Minority-and-Woman-owned Firms Fact Sheet.
8(a) Business Development Program
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.
Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract 8(m) Program
The Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program allows agency contracting officers to set aside certain federal contracts for eligible women-owned small businesses or economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses in designated industry categories. For additional information on this program and steps on how to participate, visit the The Woman-Owned Small Business section of the SBA's Web site.