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Biggest recipients of federal contracts in every state

  • Biggest recipients of federal contracts in every state

    The gig economy is turning everyone into a contractor, at least according to the Department of Labor. Long before Uber or Lyft was turning everyone and anyone into a taxi or delivery driver, the federal government was giving out billions of dollars to companies across the country. Instead of hiring more federal civilian workers in Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas, the Trump administration's budget increases to the military and the Pentagon has led to a veritable gold rush of federal contracts.

    These “contractors” are non-governmental workers and private companies who receive contracts from government agencies to provide products or services. They save the government money upfront by reducing demand on the federal workforce and resources. Some of the biggest contracting agencies are the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Health and Human Services. The companies contracted by these agencies bid on contracts by presenting proposals and pricing to the agency. Once these contracts, sometimes millions or billions of dollars, are given out companies develop cutting-edge new technology for the military, distribute medicine to veterans, track down people who haven't paid their student loans, and more.

    Some contracts are specifically geared toward small businesses, but the biggest players are typically the defense contractors that develop weapons, vehicles, and technology for the military. Raytheon, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin all consistently bring in billions in contracts and are often only competing amongst themselves for big-ticket projects. In 2017, Lockheed Martin brought in $50.7 billion in federal contracts, which is more than NASA's yearly budget, as reported by 24/7 Wall St. based on numbers from the Federal Procurement Data System. 

    All this money is being given out to companies across America, but these huge numbers can make it difficult to see who is benefiting the most from these contracts. Stacker used data from USA Spending to rank the top five federal contractors in every state, ordered by the amount they've been awarded in the trailing 12 months. We also included the percentage of total contract money for each ranking to provide additional context.

    Lockheed Martin was the largest recipient in six states and made the top five in 14. Whether you want to see which companies in which states beat the king of the contractors or you're just curious about the top money-makers in your own state, read on.

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  • Alabama

    Top recipients of federal contracts:
    #1. The Boeing Company $2.19 billion (4.6% of total contracts)
    #2. Austal Usa, LLC $2.03 billion (4.2% of total contracts)
    #3. Science Applications International Corporation $598.85 million (1.2% of total contracts)
    #4. M1 Support Services, L.P. $367.01 million (0.8% of total contracts)
    #5. Torch Technologies, Inc. $339.08 million (0.7% of total contracts)

    Boeing, the largest aerospace and airplane manufacturer in the world, takes home more federal contracts in Alabama than any other company. The company has a long history in the state, supporting NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and a major missile command center; currently Boeing's offices in Huntsville, Ala., are focused on improvements to a missile defense system for the Air Force, support services for Army Helicopters and managing the NASA's space launch system.

    Second place Austal USA is a shipbuilding company working with the Navy to build the USS Cincinnati, though they are currently under investigation by the Navy for undisclosed reasons. Science Applications International Corporation is working to develop battlefield systems and technology while M1 Support Services works to maintain military aircraft and Torch Technologies supports a missile-modeling simulation.

  • Alaska

    Top recipients of federal contracts:
    #1. Watterson Construction Company $115.15 million (1.3% of total contracts)
    #2. Petro Star Inc. $107.03 million (1.2% of total contracts)
    #3. Aecom Technical Services, Inc. $91.42 million (1% of total contracts)
    #4. Neeser Construction, Inc. $88.04 million (1% of total contracts)
    #5. Doyon Utilities, LLC $85.5 million (0.9% of total contracts)

    Construction makes up a significant share of Alaska's federal contracts. Anchorage-based Watterson Construction Company completes commercial construction projects ranging from schools and office buildings to various military projects. Currently, they're working with several other Alaska-based construction companies to make sure Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks is ready to receive several F-35 fighter jets in 2020.

    Neeser Construction, another firm headquartered in the state, is constructing two buildings for the Army Corps of Engineers at the Fort Greely Missile Defense Complex. Though Doyon Utilities only takes home the fifth-largest sum of federal contract money, the company's 50-year contract to provide utilities like heat, water, and power to three military bases in the state was the largest ever awarded by the Department of Defense.

  • Arizona

    Top recipients of federal contracts:
    #1. Raytheon Company $3.52 billion (4.8% of total contracts)
    #2. Triwest Healthcare Alliance Corp. $2.33 billion (3.2% of total contracts)
    #3. The Boeing Company $2.17 billion (3% of total contracts)
    #4. Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture $406.01 million (0.6% of total contracts)
    #5. Orbital Sciences Corporation $295.96 million (0.4% of total contracts)

    Raytheon, a defense contractor and weapons manufacturer, is the biggest private employer in Arizona, the biggest missile-maker in the world and one of the biggest defense contractors in the country. The weapons and technology manufacturer is involved in a number of multiyear government contracts, including providing hundreds of SM-6 and SM-3 missiles to the Navy. Raytheon has also teamed up with Lockheed Martin, another heavyweight defense contractor, to build the portable, one-man Javelin missiles for U.S. allies.

    Outside of weapons and aerospace companies, Arizona is home to TriWest Healthcare Alliance, a company that works with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide health care to veterans across the country, despite an investigation that revealed it overcharged the federal government by tens of millions of dollars.

  • Arkansas

    Top recipients of federal contracts:
    #1. Serco Inc. $136.22 million (0.6% of total contracts)
    #2. Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. $47.91 million (0.2% of total contracts)
    #3. Central Research Inc $38.84 million (0.2% of total contracts)
    #4. Cgi Federal Inc. $37.77 million (0.2% of total contracts)
    #5. At&T Corp. $35.06 million (0.2% of total contracts)

    Serco Inc., a global service company, can boast a number of services that its employees have provided the federal government. They've laid 2 million feet of cable on Navy and Coast Guard ships and as of 2018, they're working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide additional support when natural disasters strike in 17 midwestern states.

    Other federal contractors in the state also work to provide support to government agencies—administrative support that is. Central Research Inc. provides mail services, processes public records requests, and most importantly, collects on student loans in default.

  • California

    Top recipients of federal contracts:
    #1. McKesson Corporation $3.79 billion (1.3% of total contracts)
    #2. California Institute Of Technology $3.50 billion (1.2% of total contracts)
    #3. Health Net Federal Services, LLC $3.11 billion (1.1% of total contracts)
    #4. Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC $2.24 billion (0.8% of total contracts)
    #5. Lockheed Martin Corporation $2.11 billion (0.7% of total contracts)

    Health forms the cornerstone of California's federal contracts. Health Net provides health-care services to veterans in several states while McKesson Corporation is a pharmaceutical and health services company that distributes vaccines for the CDC and other drugs to the VA. It's recently come under fire for its role in the opioid epidemic

    Outside of health, government funds also help to run the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology. Caltech researchers can run NASA-sponsored research and programs out of the JPL, which focuses on building space-exploration robots like the Mars Rover.

  • Colorado

    Top recipients of federal contracts:
    #1. Lockheed Martin Corporation $1.42 billion (3.5% of total contracts)
    #2. United Launch Services, LLC $1.01 billion (2.5% of total contracts)
    #3. Alliance For Sustainable Energy, LLC $544.42 million (1.3% of total contracts)
    #4. Perspecta Risk Decision Inc. $522.2 million (1.3% of total contracts)
    #5. Bechtel National, Inc. $502.76 million (1.2% of total contracts)

    The largest federal contractor, aerospace company Lockheed Martin got its start in Colorado and continues to bring jobs and revenue to the state through huge government contracts. The company was recently awarded $22 billion to build a new generation of satellites for the Air Force and $2.9 billion to build three satellites that provide early warning for possible missile strikes. For those looking to go a little farther out into space, second-place recipient United Launch Services joined up with the Air Force to launch three space missions into orbit in 2021 and beyond.

  • Connecticut

    Top recipients of federal contracts:
    #1. United Technologies Corporation $4.78 billion (7.1% of total contracts)
    #2. Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation $2.84 billion (4.2% of total contracts)
    #3. Electric Boat Corporation $2.04 billion (3% of total contracts)
    #4. Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation $99.39 million (0.2% of total contracts)
    #5. Plowshare Group, Inc $66.54 million (0.1% of total contracts)

    This large Connecticut-based conglomerate made news shortly after President Donald Trump's election when they struck a deal to save hundreds of jobs in an IN factory. The manufacturer later received several multibillion-dollar Air Force contracts from the administration without any competition, leading some to suspect that the Carrier deal may have been involved. Sikorsky, the next highest on the list, was previously owned by United Technologies. The helicopter company was sold to Lockheed Martin in 2015.

  • Delaware

    Top recipients of federal contracts:
    #1. Navient Corporation $36.51 million (0.5% of total contracts)
    #2. Helicopter Transport Services, LLC $26.28 million (0.4% of total contracts)
    #3. Agilent Technologies, Inc. $16.42 million (0.2% of total contracts)
    #4. Billings Flying Service, Inc. $14.62 million (0.2% of total contracts)
    #5. Summit Aviation Inc $12.72 million (0.2% of total contracts)

    Navient Corporation is the third-largest student loan servicer in the country, and oversees around a fourth of all student debt across the country. As the country's student debt crisis has gotten bigger—with current student debt totaling around $1.4 trillion dollars—Navient has come under fire for its practices. In 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a suit against the company alleging that it had forced students into plans that made them pay more money in the long run and generally failed them during the repayment process.

  • Florida

    Top recipients of federal contracts:
    #1. Lockheed Martin Corporation $2.49 billion (1.4% of total contracts)
    #2. Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation $848.23 million (0.5% of total contracts)
    #3. Lockheed Martin Corporation $656.35 million (0.4% of total contracts)
    #4. Jacobs Technology Inc. $461.26 million (0.3% of total contracts)
    #5. Harris Corporation $422.18 million (0.2% of total contracts)

    Florida might be the theme-park capital of the United States, but Disney's Imagineers aren't the only engineers trying to go above and beyond. All five of Florida's top federal contractors are involved in developing and maintaining military technology and vehicles. Lockheed Martin has locked up contracts for maintaining their F-35 fighter jets and maintaining cybersecurity for the military among other lucrative deals. Northrop Grumman provides supplies and materials for its own aircraft, Harris Corporation will service radar-simulation systems and Jacobs Technology Inc. creates combat simulations.

  • Georgia

    Top recipients of federal contracts:
    #1. Lockheed Martin Corporation $2.01 billion (3.1% of total contracts)
    #2. Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation $305.67 million (0.5% of total contracts)
    #3. Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation $165.68 million (0.3% of total contracts)
    #4. Datapath, Inc. $142.26 million (0.2% of total contracts)
    #5. Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation $136.97 million (0.2% of total contracts)

    Similar to neighboring Florida, Lockheed Martin takes most of Georgia's federal contracts, with the 5,000 person plant in Marietta focused mostly on producing C-130 transport planes. It's a huge supporter of the region's economy and one of its largest employers. The plant recently won another five-year contract, this time to build C-5M Galaxy planes for the Air Force.

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