Familiar faces populate pinnacle of the 'Top 100'
GSN’s annual "Top 100 DHS Contractors" roster demonstrates that old maxim: the more things change, the more they remain the same.
Six years after the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, a handful of familiar companies have settled into the positions at the top of this competitive list. In fact, nine out of the 10 companies which garnered the largest dollar amounts in total contracts awarded by DHS during fiscal year 2009 appeared in one of the Top 10 positions in last year’s list as well.
The only newcomer to this year’s Top 10 positions was Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., which wasn’t far off the pace in fiscal year 2008, finishing in the 11th position.
It is, perhaps, somewhat more surprising to discover that each of the Top 5 contractor’s on this year’s list – Integrated Coast Guard Systems, IBM, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and Unisys – all experienced increased revenues in fiscal year 2009 (which ran from October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009), when compared with their total DHS revenues during the preceding fiscal year. Despite the economic downturn which swept the country – and much of the world – in 2009, those Top 5 companies enjoyed increased total revenues from DHS in procurement, R&D and services contracts that averaged approximately 38 percent.
Government Security News compiled these rankings from contract award information made available by the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS), the government agency that monitors and archives data on millions of government contractual actions each year.
As in years past, GSN has taken pains to ensure the accuracy of its Top 100 rankings, but must acknowledge that the source for all data is the FPDS. One variable that inevitably creeps into these statistics is the fact that many of the largest vendors sign contracts with DHS – and other federal government customers -- in the name of their various divisions, departments and subsidiaries. GSN has taken steps to consolidate these various awards under the parent corporate name, but in some instances a relevant award or two may have escaped our attention.
1 Integrated Coast Guard Systems Rosslyn, VA 202-267-2116 www.teamdeepwater.com ICGS is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. ICGS was awarded the Deepwater program in June 2002 to modernize and replace the U.S. Coast Guard’s aging ships and aircraft. It is headquartered in Rosslyn, VA, but core leadership teams are located in Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Washington, DC. When complete, the $17 billion Deepwater system will include three classes of new cutters and their associated small boats, a new fixed-wing manned aircraft fleet, upgraded helicopters and new unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). In May 2008, the Coast Guard accepted delivery of the first Northrop Grumman-built National Security Cutter, the Bertholf (WMSL 750), the most technologically advanced ship in the Coast Guard’s history. Last May, the keel was laid on the third National Security Cutter, the Stratton, which will be sponsored for the first time by a First Lady, Michelle Obama. Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $675,044,194
2 International Business Machines Corp. Armonk, NY 914-499-1900 www.ibm.com IBM is involved in the invention, development and manufacture of advanced information technologies, including computer systems, software, storage systems and microelectronics. In 2007, IBM received designation and certification under the SAFETY Act for its Global Name Scoring software, which recognizes and searches names from all major cultures, supporting users who must screen potential threats and perform background checks across multiple geographies and languages. IBM currently offers a wide variety of services that can enhance security, including an electronic framework for customs management that can transform a paper-based system into a digital customs environment; enterprise geographic information systems (GIS), in collaboration with ESRI; a global goods tracker; and a digital video surveillance solution that provides rapid video access and retrieval with intelligent analysis. Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $511,290,777
3 Lockheed Martin Corp. Bethesda, MD 301-897-6000 www.lockheedmartin.com Lockheed Martin, a worldwide technology leader, employs about 146,000 people and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems. Its subsidiaries and components have supported the U.S. Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and other governmental agencies. In December 2008, Lockheed Martin entered an agreement to acquire Universal Systems & Technology, Inc., a company that provides interactive training and simulations to DHS, the U.S. military and other federal and international government agencies. The acquired firm also specializes in three-dimensional weapons simulations, security strategies and IT services. Last July, Lockheed Martin was awarded an $821 million maintenance, repair, and overhaul contract from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to maintain the agency’s P-3 Orion fleet. In April 2008, CBP contracted with Lockheed Martin under the P-3 Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) to provide 14 all-new production wing life extension kits. Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $374,750,050
4 General Dynamics Corp. Falls Church, VA 703-876-3000 www.generaldynamics.com A leading supplier of land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments, marine systems, General Dynamics Corp. also serves as an integrator of secure communications and information systems and technology, through its General Dynamics Decision Systems, also known as the C4 Systems unit, which specializes in command and control, communications networking, computing and information assurance for multiple agencies within DHS and DoD. In June 2008, GD landed a task order from DHS to develop the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) Next Generation. The initial award was for $18 million, but the total value could reach $62 million if all options are exercised. In 2009, GD won four important security related contracts: a support contract with the National Communications System which could be worth as much as $389 million; a contract to provide First Responder Authentication Credential (FRAC) identity cards as part of the National Capital Region’s Winter Storm demonstration; a $7.6 million award to develop an in-line encryptor to support an NSA initiative to secure and distribute data; and a contract from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unit of DHS to develop secure credentials for immigrants seeking employment in the U.S. Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $365,800,533
5 Unisys Corp. Blue Bell, PA 215-986-4011 www.unisys.com Unisys, a leading global IT systems developer and vendor, combines expertise in consulting, systems integration, outsourcing, infrastructure and server technology. The company serves government agencies, banks, communications and transport firms. In recent years, Unisys has been a busy supplier to several different DHS components. In August 2008, Unisys landed an IT support services contract from the U.S. Coast Guard’s finance center, worth about $24 million, if all options are exercised; a few months later, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unit of DHS awarded a $1.4 million task order to Unisys, under its Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge (EAGLE) Solutions contract to provide secure e-mail and identity management services; the company has equipped several U.S. land border crossing sites with advanced information technology to capture, read and analyze traveler and vehicle information; and FEMA awarded Unisys a contract last September to provide IT operations and maintenance services. Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $336,865,031
6 Accenture LLP Hamilton, Bermuda 877-889-9009 www.accenture.com Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company with approximately 140,000 employees. It provides information technology support services to DHS in the areas of software development and management support under the department’s Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions (EAGLE) program and has provided software support for the US-VISIT program and other TSA efforts. Accenture, the former Arthur Andersen Consulting, serves as the prime contractor on a complex 10-year, $10 billion "virtual border" project being deployed at more than 400 U.S. air, land and sea ports of entry. The contract calls for a biometrics systems design to verify the identity of incoming visitors and to confirm compliance with visa and immigration policies. The company also offers identity management solutions, border clearance technologies and a joint initiative with Symantec to provide three new services, including Enterprise Vault, which mitigates risk, reduces e-mail storage costs and enables electronic discovery; Data Loss Prevention, which protects stored data and identifies unauthorized access to data; and Control Compliance, which automates compliance processes. Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $304,550,504
7 Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. McLean, VA 703-902-5000 www.boozallen.com Booz Allen is a leading global consulting firm with more than 22,000 employees that has provided advice on information sharing to government agencies and has helped perform a nationwide security assessment for the U.S. Federal Transit Administration. Booz Allen Hamilton has been awarded a variety of department-wide and government-wide service contracts in security-related areas, including the DHS EAGLE, an IT support vehicle; the DHS GSA Strategic Sourcing blanket purchasing agreement, which encompasses accounting, budgeting and complementary financial management services; the FBI Verification and Validation Agreement, which helps mitigate the risks of large-scale software projects for all agencies within the Department of Justice; the FBI Program Management Support Services agreement for supporting complex organizational challenges; and the Law Enforcement and Security Services GSA Schedule #84, which offers a variety of specialized technical and investigative tools and technologies to law enforcement agencies. Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $282,627,101
8 Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) McLean, VA 703-676-4300 www.saic.com SAIC uses innovative applications of technology and domain knowledge to provide scientific, engineering and systems integration services, ranging from medical research equipment to next-generation robotics, to systems that verify court evidence. The company has developed the Integrated Container Inspection System (ICIS) to examine U.S.-bound cargo with significantly reduced impact on the flow of commerce. It is also working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve early detection of major disease outbreaks and bio-terrorism attacks. SAIC, which relocated its headquarters from San Diego, CA, to McLean, VA, last September, has won several key DHS contracts in 2009, including five task orders in November to support the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unit, under the DHS EAGLE program; another contract in November to provide security equipment integration services to TSA; an award from FEMA in September to provide operations and maintenance support to FEMA’s chief information officer and its information technology division; and an award from the DHS National Communications System last July to provide scientific, engineering and technical services. Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $279,685,037
9 L-3 Communications Corp. New York, NY 212-697-1111 www.l-3com.com L-3 Communications, which employs more than 64,000 people, supplies intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems, satellites, and secure communications systems to the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense, as well as government intelligence agencies. With more than 18,000 screening systems deployed around the world, L-3 calls itself the leading supplier of security screening systems. The company’s Communication Systems – East (CS-East) division landed a contract in 2009, which could be worth more than $100 million, to provide the Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR system) for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Fast Response Cutter. L-3’s Security & Detection Systems division offers a variety of security products, including automated explosives detectors, cargo screening systems, explosive trace detection systems, integrated checkpoint systems, metal detectors, whole body imaging systems and X-ray systems. Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $245,745,293
10 Boeing Co. Chicago, IL 312-544-2000 www.boeing.com Boeing is one of the world’s leading aerospace companies and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Boeing has led an industry team that was awarded a DHS contract in 2006 to develop the technology component of the nation’s Secure Border Initiative, known as SBInet. This major effort is intended to help the Border Patrol better detect, identify, classify and resolve illegal border activities. In December 2009, Boeing was selected to receive stimulus funds from the Department of Energy as part of a three-year study to improve the reliability and efficiency of the United States’ power grid. Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $226,071,383
11 Electronic Data Systems (EDS) Plano, TX 800-566-9337 http://h10134.www1.hp.com Founded more than 45 years ago, EDS announced in May 2008 that it would be acquired by HP for approximately $13.9 billion. Last September, HP announced that it was changing the name of EDS to HP Enterprise Services. This unit of HP has evolved into a leading supplier of information technology and business process outsourcing services. Its homeland security-related capabilities include intelligence gathering, vulnerability assessments, post-event evaluations, portable incident communications systems, enterprise virtual operations centers and more. A prominent federal law enforcement agency, which HP Enterprise Services has not identified, selected HP to take on the management of the agency’s technology resources (including its laptops and computers), as well as the management of its help desk. The City of Anaheim, CA, chose HP to improve the information-sharing among its police, fire and public works departments, which HP accomplished with a virtual emergency management solution. Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $140,130,020
12 Siemens Government Services, Inc. Reston, VA 703-483-2000 www.siemensgovt Siemens Government Services, a subsidiary of the German electronics and electrical engineering giant, provides a wide variety of services to federal, state and local governments in the U.S. It is a unit of Siemens in the U.S., which is headquartered in New York City and employs about 69,000 people. Siemens offers its government customers identity management systems at U.S. land and sea border sites, intelligent video surveillance systems that can detect, track and classify activities in real-time and such energy-related activities as securing a utility’s SCADA systems and providing emergency power generation. Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $134,831,240
13 Nationwide Infrastructure Support Technical Assistance Consultants (NISTAC) Fairfax, VA 703-849-0100 www.nistac.com NISTAC is a joint venture between Dewberry & Davis, LLC, of Gaithersburg, MD, and URS Group, Inc., of San Francisco, CA, which was retained by FEMA as one of its "Standby Technical Assistance Contractors" to provide support under the public assistance program. NISTAC supports FEMA in presidentially-declared emergencies and disasters, such as floods, hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, wildfires, tornadoes, landslides and winter storms, often by helping with the repair, restoration or reconstruction of damaged public facilities. At times, NISTAC assists FEMA by undertaking environmental assessments of FEMA-funded recovery projects. Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $121,471,389
14 Fluor Corp. Irving, TX 469-398-7000 www.fluor.com One of the world’s largest engineering and construction companies which provides engineering, procurement, construction, operations, maintenance and project management services, Fluor employs approximately 35,000 people. The company supports the U.S. Government by offering contingency response, site management, facility operations and maintenance, environmental remediation, nuclear material management and logistics support. Last November, the company was awarded three new contracts by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide life support services for Corps personnel and other Corps clients working in Iraq. The three contracts could total as much as $80 million. Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $110,735,383
15 The Wackenhut Corp. Palm Beach Gardens, FL 561-622-5656 www.g4s.com/usw The Wackenhut Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Group 4 Securicor plc, is a major provider of security services, protecting airports, nuclear power plants and U.S. embassies. Its security menu includes armed guards, background investigations, program development, background investigations and specialized security services. Wackenhut is a primary contractor for TSA, NASA and the U.S. Army. Based on its success transporting immigrants detained along the U.S.-Mexican border to and from Customs and Border Protection facilities and international land border crossing sites, Wackenhut is now offering similar transportation services to government customers throughout the U.S. Last May, the company introduced its SECURE TRAX, a technologically advanced tool that can be used to conduct a variety of remote security functions from the palm of a security officer’s hand. Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $109,999,934
16 Reveal Imaging Bedford, MA www.revealimaging.com The company, founded in 2002, is privately held and provides threat detection products and services, including its flagship explosives detection system, as well as a variety of TSA-certified screening solutions for airport baggage, both checked and in-cabin, and cargo and parcel screening for facilities and public events. In 2009, Reveal launched its ArrayCT, which offers "motion imaging" technology, and installed its 250th explosives detection system at a U.S. airport. Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $109,019,408
17 I.T.S. Corp. Oxnard, CA www.qinetiq-na.com ITS, which has served the federal marketplace for over 30 years, is now part of Qinetiq’s Mission Solutions Group, which also includes Apogen Technologies, Analex Corp. and 3H Technology, among others. I.T.S. offers specialized expertise in the fields of defense, intelligence, environmental and homeland security. Core competencies include systems development and integration, acquisition management, program management, business information management, studies and analysis, and enterprise management and security for a broad spectrum of government customers. Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $109,006,428
18 Chenega Technology Services Corp. Alexandria, VA 703-822-2872 www.chenegatechnology.com A certified Alaska Native Corporation that provides support services for information systems development and integration, technical analysis and facilities support services, Chenega jumped from 24th place on the Top 100 last year to the 18th spot in 2009. In addition to DHS, from which it has received a $500 million, 10-year EAGLE contract to maintain and provide technical support for more than 6,500 inspection devices that are utilized at U.S. land, air and sea ports of entry, its current customers include the Defense Information Systems Agency, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the Department of Justice, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/ERDC, FEMA and other government entities. The company, whose corporate headquarters are co-located with its parent company, Chenega Corp., in Anchorage, AK, maintains its operational HQ in Alexandria, VA. Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $108,766,545
19 Invision Technologies, Inc. Newark, CA 510-739-2511 www.gesecurity.com Formerly, InVision was a publicly traded company, based in Newark, CA, that developed, manufactured and marketed explosives detection systems, primarily for screening airport baggage, and its most well-known product was the CTX explosives-detection device, which employs technology similar to that used in medical CT scans. Currently, it is part of GE’s homeland protection unit, which is now majority-owned by France’s Safran. Specifically, GE purchased InVision Technologies in 2004, and the company, along with another firm, became part of GE Security’s Homeland Protection operation. Earlier this year, GE sold a majority stake in Homeland Protection to the Sagem Sécurité division of France's Safran for a reported $580 million. Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $105,790,932
20 TL Industries Toledo, OH 419-666-8144 www.tlindustries.com TL, a 30-year old company, makes its first appearance on the Top 100 in the 20th spot. The company describes itself as an electronic design and electronic manufacturing service provider specializing in the high-mix, low-to-medium volume manufacturing segment, In 2008, following the revelation that mobile homes provided to Hurricane Katrina victims had dangerous in-door levels of formaldehyde, FEMA awarded TL a contract to provide "two-bedroom, park model temporary housing units." A provision of the contract was that "indoor air quality include a requirement that formaldehyde emission levels must be significantly reduced inside the units." Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $101,783,359
21 Corrections Corporation of America Nashville, TN 615-263-300 www.correctionscorp.com CCA specializes in the design, construction, expansion and management of prisons, jails and detention facilities, as well as inmate transportation services through its subsidiary TransCor America. The company is the fourth-largest corrections system in the nation, behind only the federal government and two states. CCA houses approximately 75,000 offenders and detainees in more than 60 facilities, 44 of which are company-owned, with a total bed capacity of more than 80,000. CCA currently partners with three federal corrections agencies (the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service and ICE), nearly half of all states and more than a dozen local municipalities. Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $101,443,772
22 The Mitre Corp. Bedford, MA 781-271-2000 www.mitre.org Moving up this year from 52nd to 22nd place, Mitre, formed in 1958, is a nonprofit corporation that is "chartered to work in the public interest." Its specialties include systems engineering, information technology, operational concepts and enterprise modernization. MITRE manages four Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs): one for the Department of Defense (known as the DoD Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence FFRDC), one for the Federal Aviation Administration (the Center for Advanced Aviation System Development), one for the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (the Center for Enterprise Modernization), and one for the Department of Homeland Security (the Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute). MITRE also has its own independent research and development program that explores new technologies and new uses of technologies. Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $100,891,832
23 Northrop Grumman Corp. Reston, VA 703-968-1000 www.it.northropgrumman.com Northrop Grumman Information Systems, the IT arm of one of the nation’s largest defense contractors, is an information provider to military, intelligence, civilian, state and local and commercial customers. The company characterizes itself as a $10 billion business employing approximately 35,000 employees with offices in 50 states and 18 countries. NGIS performs software development, data processing and security services for several DHS agencies, including ICE, CIS, the U.S. Coast Guard, CBP, TSA, the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, the Directorate of Science and Technology, the Under Secretary for Preparedness and FEMA. Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $99,529,961
24 Sierra Nevada Corp. Sparks, NV 775-331-0222 Sierra Nevada Corp. is a privately held company that specializes in developing high-tech electronics, communications systems and space technology. Recently, the company was awarded a $14,166,934 firm-fixed-price cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) countermeasures to the U.S. military. Sierra Nevada also reported that it had won a competitive contract last October valued at more than $600 million for the CBP Air and Marine multi-role enforcement aircraft (MEA). That CBP initial base contract is for $95 million, SNC notes, specifying that the money will go for five Beechcraft 350ER aircraft. At mid-year, the company also won a $36,479,655 contract for production of Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (JCREW) 3.1 dismounted systems, to be employed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $94,872,321
25 AECOM Los Angeles, CA 213-593-8000 www.aecom.com Formerly known as Emergency Response Program Management Consultants, the AECOM brand now consists of several companies, including AECOM's DMJM Management subsidiary. It provides nationwide on-site disaster recovery assistance, including engineering services and damage assessments, under agreements and contracts covering all 10 FEMA regions. The base contract, originally awarded by FEMA in 2004, is a national emergency response contract under which technical assistance support services are provided following any national disaster. In 2009, among other U.S. Government contracts, AECOM won a task order from the U.S. Air Force for contract field teams (CFT) valued at $54 million. The CFT award is an indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to support DOD and DHS. Under this task order, AECOM will provide aircraft-maintenance services at Texas’ Corpus Christi Army Depot. It also won a $10.5 million task order to provide energy-efficiency services at a U.S. Navy facility in San Diego, including a base-wide lighting retrofit, construction of two new central chilled water plants, expansion of the existing energy-management-control system and the installation of a photovoltaic system. The San Diego contract has a maximum value of $50 million. AECOM has approximately 45,000 employees worldwide and fiscal year 2009 revenues of $6.1 billion. Total DHS Contracts (FY2009): $94,258,252