Identity and Ownership in Government Contracting

27 Pages Posted: 24 May 2011 Last revised: 17 Feb 2014

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M. A. Thomas

U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies

Date Written: January 31, 2014


As the volume of government contracting increases, so does the importance of monitoring government contractors to guard against market concentration, rent seeking and conflict of interest. Doing so, however, is impossible without knowing the identity and organizational structure of contractors. At present the government does not collect information on organizational structure. Using STATA to analyze data from a new government database, this paper takes a first look at contractor organizational structure. The complexity of the structures makes clear that better data are needed if the government and the public are to be able to hold contractors accountable.

Keywords: contracting, organizational conflict of interest, campaign finance, social network analysis

JEL Classification: H57, L22

Suggested Citation

Thomas, M. A., Identity and Ownership in Government Contracting (January 31, 2014). Available at SSRN: or

M. A. Thomas (Contact Author)

U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies ( email )

Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027
United States

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