by Lisa Sorg
Federal contractors in the Triangle did work or provided services worth more than $1.3 billion in fiscal year 2008, according to usaspending.gov.
Congressional District 4, which includes Durham, Orange and slices of Wake and Chatham counties, led the way, accounting for about half of the federal contracting dollars. U.S. Rep. David Price represents the district, which includes Research Triangle Park.
The Web site usaspending.gov tracks federal agencies and their expenditures with contractors. You can search the database by state, congressional district, contracting agency, contractor, product or service provided and level of competition for the bid.
The top federal contractor in District 4 is Research Triangle Institute, which conducts research on several topics, including health, technology, energy and economics. Morrisville-based defense contractor USfalcon, ranked second, followed by SRA International, which provides technical consulting and services for national security, federal agencies and global health; Chapel Hill biotech company Rho, Inc.; and UNC.
The top government agencies buying those services are the National Institutes of Health, the Army, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs and the EPA.
While this sounds like a lot of money, North Carolina ranks only 30th in federal contracts. Virginia, California and Texas round out the top three.