Identity and Ownership
in Government Contracting
Associate Professor, U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies
Scholars and practitioners are expressing concerns about the impact of unprecedented levels of government contracting on economic and
political concentrations of power and on government accountability and transparency. Understanding the total organizational
structure of government contractors is key to many of their concerns, such as identifying and resolving organizational
conflicts of interest. Until recently, there was little publicly available information on the ownership of government contractors.
However, a government database includes partial information, allowing the first visualizations of these ownership structures by means of a
Java program that exports to Netdraw.
Please be aware that this software is offered *free* under a GNU Public License and so is not subject to any warranty. Ownership
structures can change rapidly and the data is known to be of poor quality. Matches by name are unreliable. Accordingly all
networks extracted must be independently confirmed by other means.
Unfortunately, I am unable to offer technical support. However, please send bug reports or suggestions for upgrades to ofni.srotcartnocgsu@samohtam and I will attempt to address them in future versions.