As the war in Ukraine rages on, we were curious which Russian companies, if any, the US government was doing business with.
We also thought it may be interesting to at least see how much business the US government was doing with global companies noted in the press that have had significant operations in Russia. The implication in this case of course is whether these companies have supply chains in Russia where US may be inadvertently supporting Russian companies.
US government spending directly with Headquarters in Russia
No surprise, there isn’t a ton of spending with Russian companies.
- 30 companies where federal agencies have done some amount of spending over the past 5 years. That number goes down to just 13 when you filter results for 2021 and 2022.
- Department of State makes up the majority of the spending, accounting for over 80%.
- One company, Elite Security Holding Company based out of Moscow, makes up most of the spending.
- Most of the spending is for security guards, security systems, transportation, and janitorial services.
- One interesting award for Influenza Surveillance during Covid for HHS.
I was also curious about any IT services or products being purchased, given potential security risks. We found one contract for Xtools by the Department of Interior. Here’s the description we found:
“Russian company providing competent development, promotion, distribution and support services for its own software product XTools Pro – one of the most popular and full-featured extensions for ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro end users providing various tools and features for work with spatial data, vector spatial analysis, shape conversion and table management. The other software products owned and distributed by XTools, LLC are TAB Reader and AgroKarta.” Link here.
You can find details for all the spending data within the linked file at the end of this article.
US government spending with companies with significant business in Russia
We also looked at a few non-Russian companies being noted in the press, many that have started to exit Russia.
Still, we thought it would be worth looking into what the US government buys from these companies and whether those products/services have supply chains in Russia, thereby presenting some risk to the US.
For example, we found SAFRAN, an French aerospace/defense company with signicant work in the Russian market. The US Department of Homeland Security spent roughly $996 million dollars with Safran on Engine Support Services, Transportable Telemetry System (Tts) Antennas, Helicopter Engine Support, Memory Unit Videos, etc. Safran just announced it would be exiting its joint venture in Russion, on March 11.
In the interest of time and getting this data out, I’m not noting any further analysis we are doing for now. Let me know if you would like any further “digging”. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.