Government Contracting Services

Unmatched Access to the Federal Government

The Washington, D.C. metro region is the epicenter of government contracting activity in the United States. In FY 2022, Northern Virginia companies were awarded nearly $84 billion in federal procurement awards, accounting for almost 16% of all federal procurement dollars. Federal contracts awarded to Arlington-based companies have increased by 9% annually over the past five years.

Companies establish operations here to gain access to federal agencies, policymakers and influencers, to collaborate with research institutions and think tanks, and to serve as primes or subs for contract awards. This region also has a unique ecosystem of firms and professionals specializing in the federal procurement process, with the right connections and experience dedicated to helping companies win federal contracts. At the center of it all is Arlington, home of the Pentagon. For decades, practically every federal agency has awarded contracts to companies in Arlington. It is no coincidence that if companies want to work with the federal government, they locate in Arlington. 

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Defense Contracts

Defense Contracting

Arlington is home to the Department of Defense at the Pentagon, which alone awards nearly two-thirds of all federal contracts by value, plus the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Office of Naval Research (ONR). Funding for defense, intelligence, security and cybersecurity programs are key drivers for Arlington companies. As well, a significant number of contracts are awarded in the areas of information technology, program and project management, education and training, international development, system engineering, logistics and veterans affairs. In FY 2020, Northern Virginia companies were awarded over $80 billion in federal procurement awards, accounting for over 14% of all federal procurement dollars. Federal contracts awarded to Arlington-based companies have more than doubled since FY 2016.

Federal Ecosystem

Federal Contracting Ecosystem

Here in Arlington, we have resources designed to help businesses succeed in securing contracts with the federal government. Our informative, innovative programs can help you realize the full potential of your business as a Government Contractor:


FedTech — Defense innovation accelerator
National Security Innovation Network — Defense Innovation accelerator
In-Q-Tel — Investment
National Defense Industrial Association — Education and networking
Northern Virginia Technology Council — Advocacy and networking
Professional Services Council — Advocacy and Networking
Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum — Education and Networking
Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation — Virginia Venture Partners and VIPC's Federal Funding Assistance Program

Training and Counseling

Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program — Counseling and Training
SCORE  — nation's largest network of free, expert business mentors

  • Local subject matter expert:  Gerry Sanz
  • Business development in the federal sector Guidelines 

Federal Funded Research and Development Center

The Aerospace Corporation

Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute
Center for Naval Analysis
Rand Corporation

Contract Resources

Federal Research Awards

Federal research award opportunities are plentiful and Arlington’s diverse federal contracting ecosystem is well suited to meet the needs of the federal government. Learn about research award opportunities and how they may be able to propel your business forward.

Federal Research Award Opportunities

IvySys is an R&D innovation partner to some of the U.S. Government’s most advanced research and development agencies. We have been located in Arlington since 2007. The close proximity of our Ballston office to R&D agencies, such as DARPA, has been essential to building on our relationships to better understand their problems.

Dr. James DeBardelaben, CEO, IvySys Technologies, LLC

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