Contracting and Procurement

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 $24.1 billion in fiscal year 2017. The Fairfax County total was higher than any other county or city, 46 states and the District of Columbia.

Thirty-one companies on Washington Technology magazine’s 2016 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.

Federal Government Resources

Federal Department Links

State Government Resources

Local Government Resources

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.

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.