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NAICS Newsletter October 30, 2013

NAICS 541690

Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services

Government Contract and Procurement Analysis Report

Report Summary

This report, offered by epipeline, contains a brief analysis of the Federal government's procurement practices with regards to the Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services industry.


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This report takes an in-depth look at the 'Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services' industry, NAICS 541690. epipeline's Contract History Plus* provides you with a broad context and several perspectives that enable you to develop the best positioning and strategy for your company to more effectively compete for government contracts. The following graph illustrates one such perspective: the top Government departments/agencies buying these services over the last four fiscal years.

Top 10 Federal Agencies by % of Total Market FY09 through FY13 for NAICS 541690

WHAT IS NAICS 541690?

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in providing advice and assistance to businesses and other organizations on scientific and technical issues (except environmental).

Illustrative Examples:

Agricultural consulting services

Motion picture consulting services

Biological consulting services

Physics consulting services

Chemical consulting services

Radio consulting services

Economic consulting services

Safety consulting services

Energy consulting services

Security consulting services

The size standard associated with NAICS 541690 is $14 million (effective January 1, 2012), which means that a company, including its affiliates, would be considered a "small business" if their average earnings do not exceed $14 million for each of the pay periods for the preceding completed 12 calendar months.

Total reported spending under NAICS 541690 for the period of Fiscal Year 2009 (FY09) through Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) was $9.6 billion. Current FY13 reported spending is $1 billion for services under NAICS 541690. The chart below illustrates the reported** spending by year for FY09 through FY13.

Reported Contract Spending for NAICS 541690 FY09 through FY13

Source: epipeline's Contract History Plus*

WHO ISSUES THE CONTRACTS?

The Army was the largest procurer for these services for the last five fiscal years (FY09 through FY13), with $1.3 billion in contract spending, comprising almost 13% of market share for NAICS 541690. The next five agencies, USAID ($783 million), the Air Force ($729 million), NASA ($681 million), the CDC ($574 million), and the Navy ($507 million), each reported over $500 million in spending. The four remaining agencies in the top ten, the Office of Procurement Operations ($479 million), the Office of Policy, Budget and Administration ($474 million), NIH ($404 million), and SAMHSA ($331 million), each comprised between 3.5% and 5% market share. The remaining agencies not represented in the top ten each reported under 3% market share.

Top 10 Federal Agencies by % of Total Market FY09 through FY13 for NAICS 541690

Source: epipeline's Contract History Plus*

WHO WINS THE CONTRACTS?

The two charts below identify the top 10 Companies, by market share, for the period of FY09 through FY13. The first chart represents the top 10 companies that were awarded their contracts under ANY type of competition, whether it was full and open, small business set-aside, sole-sourced, etc. This list primarily consists of large businesses. The second chart, however, lists the top 10 companies that won their contracts under RESTRICTED competition. Specifically, epipeline limited this to those contracts awarded under the acquisition strategies listed below. The contract dollars represented on this second chart may not include all contract dollars for the individual contractor.

  • 8(a) Competed
  • 8(a) Small Disadvantaged (SDB) set-aside
  • 8(a) sole-source
  • SDB set-aside
  • SDB, 8(a) with HUBZone
  • Combination HUBZone and 8(a)
  • HUBZone set-aside
  • HUBZone sole-source
  • Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) set-aside
  • SDVOSB sole-source
  • Emerging Small Business set-aside
  • Very Small Business set-aside
  • Reserved for Small Businesses ($2501 to $100,000)
  • Total Small Business set-aside

Lockheed Martin achieved the top spot on the unrestricted competition list with approximately $500 million in contract dollars for FY09 to FY13 and 6.4% market share. Booz Allen Hamilton came in a close second with over $492 million in contract dollars and 6.2% market share. Two additional firms, Battelle Memorial Institute ($434 million) and The MITRE Corporation ($414 million), also reported over 5% market share. SAIC rounds out the top five with $303 million in earnings and 3.8% market share, while Hamilton Sundstrand Space Systems International ($250 million), IBM ($232 million), the National Academy of Sciences ($196 million), BearingPoint ($181 million), and Systems Research and Applications Corporation ($181 million) round out the top ten. Together, these ten companies comprised just over 40% market share.

PLEASE NOTE: as this is a listing by Company name, rather than PARENT company, some companies may have more than one ranking, which may not be reflected in the chart below.

Top 10 NAICS 541690 Contractors by % of Total Market for FY09 through FY13 - All Acquisition Strategies

Source: epipeline's Contract History Plus*

The combined contract spending for contracts awarded under "restricted competition," as outlined above, totaled $1.1 billion for FY09 through FY13. Harding Security Associates took the largest percentage of market share with 7.5%, or $81 million in reported contract dollars. Excalibur Associates ($55 million) and Protection Strategies Incorporated ($34 million) took the second and third spots with 5.1% market share and 3.1% market share, respectively. The remaining 7 companies in the top 10, I. M. Systems Group ($27 million), Synergy Solutions ($27 million), Safety & Quality Assurance Alliance ($26 million), Distributed Information Technologies ($24 million), ARES Corporation ($23 million), Zantech IT Services ($20 million), and Affordable Interior Systems ($18 million), all earned between between approximately 1.7% and 2.5% of market share.

PLEASE NOTE: as this is a listing by Company name, rather than PARENT company, some companies may have more than one ranking, which may not reflected in the chart below.

Top 10 NAICS 541690 Contractors by % of Total Market for FY09 through FY13 - Restricted Competition

Source: epipeline's Contract History Plus*

HOW ARE THESE CONTRACTS PROCURED?

85.3% of contract spending reported for the FY09 through FY13 timeframe under NAICS 541690 used full and open (unrestricted aka "N/A") competition. This equated to $8.2 billion in contract dollars. Contracts set aside for small businesses comprised the second largest sector, with 6.7% of the market and $639 million in spending. Procurements sole sourced to 8(a) companies accounted for 3.2% of the market and $304 million in spending, while unrestricted 8(a) acquisitions accounted for 1.5% of the market and $144 million in contract dollars. $169 million in contract dollars (1.8% of market share) did not include a designated acquisition strategy.

Acquisition Breakout under NAICS 541690 for FY09 through FY13

Source: epipeline's Contract History Plus*

WHERE ARE THESE CONTRACTS PERFORMED?

The contracts performed across the United States reported spending of approximately $40 billion for the FY09 through FY13 period.

The state with the highest total of reported contract spending is Virginia, with $1.9 billion, or 20.2% market share. Maryland and Washington, DC took the second and third spots, reporting $1.5 billion and $1.4 billion, respectively. Texas ($439 million) and California ($412 million) both reported over $400 million, while Massachusetts ($382 million) reported over $300 million. To round out the top ten, Georgia ($268 million), Connecticut ($196 million), North Carolina ($190 million), and Tennessee ($152 million) each reported over $100 million. Together, the top 10 states make up almost three-quarters (72.2%) of the market.

Contract Place of Performance under NAICS 541690 for FY09 through January 2011

Source: epipeline's Contract History Plus*

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