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About our lists

Washington Technology Top 100  

This list ranks the top 100 largest government contractors. The rankings are determined through an analysis of government procurement data. Each agency attaches a code to every item or service it buys and we analyze the spending according to a group of codes that reflect IT, computer, telecommunications, professional services and systems integration work. The companies are then ranked according to how much prime contracting work they perform. For more about our numbers, click here.

The annual rankings are published each year in late May or early June. There is no nomination process.

Washington Technology M&A Roundup and Top Deals of the Year

Each year we round up the mergers and acquisitions that have closed in the previous 12 months. We work with an investment bank to look at acquisitions in the government market. Companies also can contact us to make sure their transactions are included in the roundup. For more about our numbers, click here.

For the Top Deals of the Year, we use a panel of judges who look at all the transactions in the roundup and pick the most important deals of the year.

There is no nomination process for these.

Washington Technology Fast 50 

For this ranking, we put out a call for nominations for small business contractors to apply for the list. To be considered, the company must be considered a small business by the government. It also has to submit five years of revenue data, which is used to calculate the company’s compound annual growth rate. Companies are ranked according to their compound annual growth, not overall revenue. For more about our numbers, click here.

The call for nominations usually goes out about four or five months before the rankings are published. Check the editorial calendar for the Fast 50’s publication date.

Washington Technology Top 25 8(a) 

This list ranks the top 25 8(a) companies according to their prime contracting revenue. The 8(a) program is a business development program run by the Small Business Administration. Similar to the Top 100, procurement data is analyzed according to a set of codes that reflect IT, computer, telecommunications, professional services and systems integration work. The companies are then ranked according to how much prime contracting work they perform.

There is no nomination process. The list is usually published in the fall.