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December 30, 2005

DHS procurement: state-by-state rankings

Filed under: Budgets and Spending,State and Local HLS — by Christian Beckner on December 30, 2005

On Tuesday I posted an analysis of federal homeland security spending in FY 2004 on a state-by-state basis, using new data that was released on that day from the US Census Bureau’s annual Consolidated Federal Funds Report.

I focused my comments on the state-by-state per capita ranking of homeland security grant funds spent that year. But the spreadsheet also contains per-capita rankings of DHS procurement on a state-by-state basis, which paint an interesting picture of the geographic distribution of funds to the private sector:

The top ten:

1. Washington, DC ($1,324.61)
2. Virginia ($267.77)
3. Maryland ($81.90)
4. Alaska ($51.15)
5. Hawaii ($41.29)
6. Texas ($29.82)
7. Arizona ($18.48)
8. Georgia ($17.29)
9. Washington ($14.69)
10. Florida ($13.65)

No surprise that DC, VA, and MD are the top three…although bear in mind that it’s quite possible that some of these totals could reflect where the check is cut, not where the work is done. The rest of the states are all home to traditional government contractors and/or known for their appropriations clout.

And down at the bottom of the list:

43. Delaware ($0.85)
44. Illinois ($0.80)
45. Wisconsin ($0.75)
46. Utah ($0.72)
47. Nevada ($0.69)
48. Mississippi ($0.44)
49. South Dakota ($0.36)
50. North Dakota ($0.25)
51. Arkansas ($0.24)
52. Nebraska ($0.11)

There is definitely a large disparity between the top 20% and bottom 20% of this list. This must be one reason why Illinois is now trying to actively cultivate homeland security businesses.

The full ranking of states (plus DC and Puerto Rico) can be found in the spreadsheet.

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