U.S. Department of Homeland Security Contract Spending and the Supporting Industrial Base, 2004-2011

This report examines trends in contracting by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the contractor base that supports it. It takes an in-depth look at contracts for products, services, and research and development (R&D) in DHS as a whole and in six of its key components: Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Office of Procurement Operations (OPO), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The report is divided into five sections, including the introduction (Section 1). Section 2 focuses on overall DHS contract obligations, including top line department obligations as well as obligations for products, services, and R&D. Section 3 provides an in-depth look into contract obligations by the key DHS components and their obligations for products, services, and R&D. Section 4 analyzes department-wide contracting trends by three key contract characteristics: level of competition, type of funding mechanism, and type of contract vehicle. Lastly, Section 5 examines the contractor base supporting DHS and provides data on the top 20 DHS contractors, both in the aggregate and by the categories of products, services, and R&D.

Gregory Sanders
Deputy Director and Fellow, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group

David J. Berteau

Guy Ben-Ari

Priscilla Hermann

Tomoyo Nishimori