Federal Contracts

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NICAR does not currently sell federal contracts data, but you can access the data in several different ways:

1.) Search USASpending.gov

2.) Search https://www.fpds.gov/fpdsng_cms/index.php/en/

3.) Download the data by year here: https://www.fpds.gov/fpdsng_cms/index.php/en/archives-9.html

The Federal Procurement Data System, maintained by the U.S. General Services Administration through a private contractor, includes transaction-by-transaction records related to federal contracts. The database was substantially changed from FY2003. In the past, only transactions of more than $25,000 were included.

The database includes services being performed or items being produced in all U.S. states, as well as U.S. territories and some foreign countries. The list of services or products being contracted is long, and includes: telecommunications, maintenance, office furniture, food products, nursing home care contracts, consulting services, military equipment, computer equipment and software, janitorial services, removal and cleanup of hazardous materials, hotel/motel lodging, construction of troop housing, textile fabrics and fuel products.

Approximately 70 Executive Branch agencies report their procurement contract obligations to the FPDS. The largest exception is the U.S. Postal Service. The Legislative and Judicial branches do not report to the FPDS.

The data also lists the contractor performing the service or providing the product, as well as their address and the location where the work is being performed. It’s also possible to analyze contracts awarded to small and disadvantaged businesses, veteran or women-owned small businesses, non-profit organizations or foreign companies. The database notes where the contract was subject to various preference programs, such as those under the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program or the Indian/Self-Determination Act. Information from the HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program is also included.

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