A government contractor is a company (privately owned, publicly traded or a state-owned enterprise) – either for profit or non-profit – that produces goods or services under contract for the government. Some communities are largely sustained by government contracting activity; for instance, much of the economy of Northern Virginia consists of government contractors employed directly or indirectly by the federal government of the United States.
Section 12(2) and (3) of the Official Secrets Act 1989 define the expression "Government Contractor" for the purposes of that Act.
- Gallagher, Daisy (2006). The Government Contractor's Resource Guide. Daisy Gallagher. ISBN 9780978964702. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
- Fox, Justin (February 8, 2007). "The Federal Job Machine". Time. Archived from the original on February 12, 2007. Retrieved November 7, 2007.
- The Official Secrets Act 1989 as amended, from the National Archives