Fairfax County companies dominate the list of top federal contractors with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to the independent research firm Eagle Eye.
That's hardly surprising, given the amount of money the Department of Homeland Security, which contains FEMA, and other security-related departments have awarded to firms in the county. The county's economic recovery from the dot-com crash has been due in large part to a robust federal contracting industry that has grown significantly in the last few years.
So as FEMA and other feds respond to Gulf Coast communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina, contractors with home bases in Fairfax County will play a major role in the cleanup and restoration efforts, too.
Dewberry, an architecture and engineering firm headquartered on Route 50 in Fairfax, not only tops the Eagle Eye list but also has business interests with other entities making the top 10.
In its emergency management work, Dewberry has partnered with URS Group Inc., a California firm with major operations in Gaithersburg, as well as local engineering firms such as Greenhorne & O'Mara. NISTAC, or National Infrastructure Support Technical Assistance Consultants, which ranks No. 4 on the FEMA top 10 list, is a joint venture between Dewberry and URS. The consulting consortium is located at Dewberry's headquarters in Fairfax.
NISTAC contracts with FEMA to do assessments of public infrastructure, such as the damage to roads and water treatment facilities after a disaster.
Another entity that will have a big presence in the Gulf Coast area post-Katrina is the Partnership for Response and Recovery, a venture involving Dewberry, URS and SSI. PaRR provides inspectors to assess private infrastructure, such as residences and businesses, flooded by the hurricane and its aftermath.
Herndon-based Alltech Inc., a subsidiary of engineering firm Parsons Brinckerhoff, supplies armies of housing inspectors for federally declared disaster areas, earning the company the No. 3 spot on the list.
Fairfax County's management consulting firms are preparing to compete for federal contracts in the massive rebuilding effort. Other firms have been working with state and local agencies. CGI-AMS had been providing software for the payroll system at the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans. A CGI-AMS representative said the firm hadn't been able to contact anyone at the board as of the end of last week.
Smaller businesses in the county have chipped in to help the recovery effort. Last Friday, the Annandale Chamber of Commerce, along with Royal Management & Development Inc., Trammell Crow Co. and the Annandale Rotary Foundation, held a fundraiser at the Heritage Center on Little River Turnpike (Route 236) for the American Red Cross relief fund. The event raised $15,000 for efforts in the Gulf Coast region, said chamber spokeswoman Linda Bufano.
A Boost From Booz Allen Deal
Tysons Corner management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton announced it has been awarded a five-year, $250 million contract by the Department of Homeland Security to provide systems engineering technical assistance to the agency's science and technology section. Other Fairfax firms will benefit as subcontractors, including Amron Corp. of McLean, Defense Group Inc. of Falls Church and Missing Link of Springfield.
An Opportunity Cubed
Axiom Resource Management Inc. of Falls Church has entered into a partnership called the "5x5x5 plan" with minority students at Robinson Secondary School.
Is it a partnership on multiplication?
In a way. The federal contractor has agreed to provide internships for five students and opportunities for five students to participate in a Christmas in April building program, and to sponsor $1,000 scholarships for five years. Have news about business in Fairfax County? Send an e-mail to email@example.com or call 703-383-5103.