Federal Contracting and Contractors

The Federal Contracting and Contractors project analyzes the growing reliance of the U.S. government on the private sector for professional and support services.


This effort involves two seperate approaches to analyzing U.S. federal contracting and the supporting industrial base. The first approach looks at trends in U.S. government spending on service contracts and how these affect the health and structure of the services industry. We also analyze the evolution and policy implications of specific service categories, including Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Professional, Administrative, and Management Support (PAMS), Research and Development (R&D), and Equipment-Related Services (ERS), Facilities-Related and Construction services (FRS&C), and Medical services.

The first edition of the report covering the years 1995-2004 was published in 2006 with subsequent updated editions being released regularly. The subsequent report was released in 2010 which covered the years 1995-2009.  The latest available version examines the years 2000-2010.

The second approach, begun in 2011, analyzed specific departments in depth. The first two reports in this series, released in 2011, focused on the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.  In 2012, a report was released on contract spending by the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development.