Top 5 IT NAICS Codes in Government Contracting


In 2018, computers have become integrated into almost every facet of modern living. From your car, your living room, kitchen, and workplace, information technology plays some sort of role. That’s why it should come as no surprise that IT is vital for government operations and it’s a major industry in the federal marketplace.

The government will assign the appropriate NAICS codes with every opportunity they post. NAICS stands for the North American Industry Classification System. These codes are used as a quick reference to display the general products or services an entity provides.  Here are just a few of the most-in-demand NAICS codes for information technology in the federal marketplace.


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1. 541512: Computer Systems Design Services

Total Obligations in 2017: $18.8 billion

Description: Planning and designing computer systems. Integrating computer hardware, software, and communication technologies. Many of the times, these businesses will install the systems as well as provide training and support.

SBA Size Standard ≤ $27.5 million


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 2. 541519: Other Computer Related Services

Total Obligations in 2017: $13.8 billion

Description: Software installation services, computer disaster recovery, custom programming, facilities management, and systems integration design.

SBA Size Standard ≤ $27.5 million


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3. 541511: Custom Computer Programming Services

Total Obligations in 2017: $5.3 million

Description: Primarily involves developing and modifying software to meet the needs of a specific client.

SBA Size Standard ≤ $27.5 million


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4. 518210: Data Processing Hosting and Related Services

Total Obligations in 2017: $2.29 billion

Description: Provides hosting for applications, websites, streaming services, optical scanning, and computer input preparation services.

SBA Size Standard ≤ $32.5 million


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5. 541513: Computer Facilities Management Services

Total Obligations in 2017: $2.22 billion

Description: Provides hosting for applications, websites, streaming services, optical scanning, and computer input preparation services.

SBA Size Standard ≤ $27.5 million


Getting Assistance

As your entity grows, there might be more NAICS codes that apply to your services. Staying up-to-date on your capabilities can open many doors when working with the federal government. For assistance updating your NAICS codes on SAM, or SAM registration contact US Federal Contractor Registration.

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