29 out of 100 largest firms are based in the county or have U.S. headquarters in the county; another 46 have presence here
Washington Technology’s 2013 list of the 100 largest companies serving the government technology market includes 29 that are based in Fairfax County or have U.S. headquarters here. Another 46 companies on the list are based elsewhere but have operations in the county.
No other county is home to more than five companies on the list, and besides Virginia only one state (California) serves as headquarters to as many as 10 companies on the list.
Washington Technology ranks the largest companies serving the government market based on sales of IT, systems integration, communications, engineering and other high-tech products and services. Five of the top 10 companies on the Washington Technology list are headquartered in Fairfax County: Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics and CSC, all of which are based in the Falls Church area of the county, and Tysons Corner-based SAIC and Booz Allen Hamilton.
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.
“There has been so much talk this year about sequestration and federal budget cuts, but the Washington Technology list underscores an important fact that the government continues to be the largest consumer of IT goods and services on the planet,” said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA). “Fairfax County offers tremendous assets for technology companies that want to serve this important market.”