One of the largest government contracts for 2010 thus far was awarded to two companies in the DC metro area to process non-immigrant visa applications. The $2.8 billion, 10-year State Department contract went to Computer Sciences Corp., a small business based in Laurel, Md., and Stanley Associates based in Arlington, Va.
Computer Sciences Corp. has received more than $1 billion for fiscal year 2010 alone with more than 880 transactions. In 2009, the company received $4.2 billion dollars in federal contracts. So far in fiscal year 2010, Stanley Associates has been awarded $97 million, and in the last two years, the company has received close to $1 billion. Last year, both companies were also listed on the top 100 contractors, according to usaspending.gov.
In 2009, Computer Sciences spent about $1.6 million hiring defense lobbying firms such as Van Scoyoc Associates, King & Spaulding and Navigators Global LLC, spending about half a million more than it spent in 2008. In 2008 and 2009, the company lobbied the Department of Homeland Security on immigration issues related to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The company’s political action committee has contributed $128,500 in the current cycle with Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., and Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., receiving $10,000 each.
Meanwhile, Stanley Associates hired lobbying firm Advantage Associate International, a firm staffed by former members of Congress, with whom they’ve had a relationship with since 2006 and spent $45,000 in 2009. Although, it’s unclear whether they lobbied to receive this specific contract, Stanley Associates lobbied the Department of Homeland Security and one of the issues in 2009 was “issues that affect the printing and processing of US passports.” The company has donated more than $15,000 in the 2008-2010 election cycles to lawmakers.
In 2009, Computer Sciences Corporation designated $544 million of their contracts to Jim Moran’s district, which is listed as the top congressional district where work is
performed for both Computer Sciences and Stanley Associates.