General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD) is a U.S. defense conglomerate formed by mergers and divestitures, and as of 2008 it is the fifth largest defense contractor in the world. The company has changed markedly in the post-Cold War era of defense consolidation. The company has four main business segments: Marine Systems, Combat Systems, Information Systems and Technology, and Aerospace. The company's former Fort Worth Division manufactured the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the most-produced Western jet fighter, but that subsidiary was sold to Lockheed in 1993. GD reentered the airframe business in 1999 with their purchase of Gulfstream Aerospace.
Campaign Finance$16,422,924 Given
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- contributions under $200 are not reported, and so are not included in totals.
- only contributions from individuals and organizations to candidates are included. Various accounting measures and more exotic contribution types are excluded.
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- corporate name changes and mergers may cause figures to differ from those of the Center for Responsive Politics.
- organization totals include known subsidiaries of the organization.
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Republicans vs. Democratsin dollars. "Other" includes 3rd parties and organizations without official party affiliation.
State vs. Federalin dollars
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Lobbying on Behalf of General Dynamics
Names of Lobbyists
Firm Hired Amount General Dynamics $111,253,270 National Steel & Shipbuilding $160,000 Gulfstream Aerospace $80,000 Fleishman-Hillard Inc $30,000
Most Frequently Disclosed Lobbying Issues
- Fed Budget & Appropriations,
- Homeland Security,
- Law Enforcement & Crime,
- Marine, Boats & Fisheries,
- Health Issues,
- Foreign Relations
Most Frequently Disclosed Bills
Bill No. Title H.R.2219 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012 H.R.1540 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 S.1253 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 H.R.4310 Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 H.R.5856 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013 H.R.5136 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 S.3454 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 S.3636 Science Appropriations Act, 2011 H.R.2017 Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 S.3800 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2011
RegulationsMentioned in 605 dockets; Submitted to 19 dockets
All data is based on documents downloaded from Regulations.gov. The first table shows mentions: all documents that include the name of the company anywhere in the document or document metadata. The second table shows submissions: all documents where the submitter metadata included the company name. Each table shows the top 10 dockets, ranked by number of occurrences.
Matches are based on a search for the company name. Variations in the company name, such as acronyms, nicknames or alternate names may cause documents to be missed. The mention of a company name in a document may be incidental and does not necessarily indicate that the company has any relevance to the document. Company names that are common English words may erroneously match with text that is not referring to the company.
Not all agencies submit public comments to Regulations.gov. For a list of participating and non-participating agencies see here. Agencies that do submit to Regulations.gov have varying levels of accuracy and completeness.
Regulations and public comments can be downloaded in bulk here.
The tables show occurrences of "General Dynamics" in public comments on proposed federal regulations.
Documents Submitted by the Organization
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- Toggle 9 PHMSA General Dynamics - Exemption - Hazardous Materials - Authorize the Transportation in Commerce of Certain Flammable and Nonflammable Compressed Gases in Non-DOT Specification Filament-Wound Reinforced Plastic Lined Cylinders 2003
- Toggle 2 OSHA Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH); Request for Nominations 2007
- Toggle 2 PHMSA General Dynamics - Emergency Exemption - Hazardous Materials - Interstate Shipment of Pressurized Aerospace Vessels for End Item Use on the F-111C/G Strike Aircraft 2005
- Toggle 2 FAA General Dynamics - Exemption/Rulemaking 2001
- Toggle 2 OSHA National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH); Request for Nominations and Meetings for 2009 2009
- Toggle 1 DOT Special Rules for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (beyond-perimeter exemptions, i.e., service to another airport more than 1,250 miles away from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport) 2012
- Toggle 1 DARS Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Reports of Government Property (DFARS Case 2005-D015) 2007
- Toggle 1 FAR 2008/2009/2010 Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Rules 2008
- Toggle 1 OSHA Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH); Notice of Meetings and Activities 2010 2010
- Toggle 1 OSHA General Working Conditions in Shipyard Employment 2006
Mentions in Document Text
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- Toggle 45 DOT Special Rules for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (Within-Perimeter Exemptions, i.e., Service to Another Airport 1,250 Miles Away or Less From Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport) 2000
- Toggle 34 EPA National Priorities List, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; General Dynamics Longwood 2009
- Toggle 31 PHMSA General Dynamics - Exemption - Hazardous Materials - Authorize the Transportation in Commerce of Certain Flammable and Nonflammable Compressed Gases in Non-DOT Specification Filament-Wound Reinforced Plastic Lined Cylinders 2003
- Toggle 27 SBA Small Business Size Standards: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 2011
- Toggle 25 NHTSA New Car Assessment Program Frontal Impact Testing (NCAP) 1999
- Toggle 21 DOT 2007 U.S.-China Frequency Allocation Proceeding 2006
- Toggle 20 NHTSA New Car Assessment Program Side Impact Testing (Side Impact NCAP) 1998
- Toggle 12 EPA National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutant Emissions: Hard and Decorative Chromium Electroplating and Chromium Anodizing Tanks; Group I Polymers and Resins; Marine Tank Vessel Loading Operations; Pharmaceuticals Production; The Printing and Publishing Industry; and Steel Pickling--HCl Process Facilities and Hydrochloric Acid Regeneration Plants 2010
- Toggle 9 OSHA HEXAVALENT CHROMIUM 2006
- Toggle 8 OSHA Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH); Notice of Meetings and Activities 2010 2010
Joint Tactical Radio System Handheld Manpack Small Form Factor Radio System
Ballistics Technology -- Super High Accuracy Range Kit - 105mm Artillery Technology
Air Drop Mortar Guided Munitions for the Tactical UAV
|2008||$2,400,000||General Dynamics: Weapons of Mass Destruction Defeat Technologies -- PROTECTOR-DACS|
Rapid Response Force Projection Systems
Federal Spending60 contracts
Federal grants, contracts and loans are reported by federal agencies using the FPDS and FAADS systems. The data is made available to the public at USASpending.gov. Please note that the completeness and quality of the data varies greatly by agency.
Only grants, contracts and loans with amounts over $1 million are shown.
Because company names are not reported in a standardized manner, we cannot reliably determine the company receiving the contract or award. The results shown here are based on a search for the company name. Individual records may be missed or erroneously included because of name variations. For more information, please see our federal spending methodology page.
Note: Company names in federal spending data are not standardized. The table below is included only as a sample of what is available in the data and has not been reviewed for accuracy or completeness. To investigate the data further, use the links at the bottom of the table.
|General Dynamics||2003||National Institutes Of Health||$14,703,817|
|General Dynamics Corporation||2000||$12,391,500|
|General Dynamics Corporation||2000||$9,996,162|
|General Dynamics||2003||National Institutes Of Health||$9,539,826|
|General Dynamics||2004||National Institutes Of Health||OTHER ADP & TELECOMMUNICATIONS SVCS||$8,665,739|
|General Dynamics Corporation||2001||$6,671,542|
|General Dynamics Corporation||2002||$5,281,877|
|General Dynamics Corporation||2000||$4,998,578|
|General Dynamics Corporation||2000||$3,786,425|
|General Dynamics Corporation||2004||$3,461,000|
Contractor Misconduct15 Instances
This information is collected by the Project On Government Oversight from press releases, court documents, news reports and other public records. It is not meant to be an exhaustive account of all instances of federal contractor misconduct.
More information on each instance, including primary source documents, is available on POGO's site by clicking on the instance description. More information on POGO's methodology is available here.
|Misconduct Type||Hired By||Incident||Year||Disposition||Penalty|
|Non-governmental Contract Fraud||Non-Governmental||Forti v. General Dynamics (Fraud and Breach of Oral Contract)||1996||Judgment Against Defendant||$37,400,000|
|Labor||None||Will v. General Dynamics (401(k) Fiduciary Lawsuit)||2010||Settlement||$15,150,000|
|Poor Contract Performance||Non-Governmental||Final Analysis Communication Systems v. General Dynamics (Breach of Contract)||2006||Judgment Against Defendant||$11,870,000|
|Import/Export||International||Unauthorized Export of Technical Data||2004||Administrative Agreement||$5,000,000|
|Government Contract Fraud||Defense - Navy||McMillan et al. v. General Dynamics (False Claims on Navy Aircraft and Submarine Parts)||2008||Settlement||$4,250,000|
|Labor||None||Violation of Age Discrimination in Employment Act||1996||Settlement||$2,532,294|
|Cost/Labor Mischarge||Defense - Air Force||F-16 Overcharge||1995||Settlement||$1,800,000|
|Labor||None||Dobrich v. General Dynamics (Hostile Workplace)||2000||Judgment Against Defendant||$300,000|
|Environment||None||Pantano Wash Hazardous Waste Disposal Settlement||2010||Settlement||$150,750|
|Environment||None||Red Lion, PA Facility RCRA Violations||2010||Settlement||$38,500|
EPA Violations5 Enforcement Actions
Figures are based on data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s ECHO website. The ECHO database contains federal and state environmental enforcement actions. Data displayed here includes only those actions that began after 2000 and resulted in fines of over $1 million.
Actions where the company was the sole defendant are listed first. Actions where the company is one of multiple defendants are listed subsequently.
For more information see our EPA methodology page.
|Sangamo Electric Dump/Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Admin Order On Consent (Cercla)||General Dynamics Ordinance And Tatical Systems||2003||Carterville, Il||$8,187,586|
|Mckin Superfund Site||Bath Iron Works (+75 others)||2001||Gray, Me||$20,150,000|
|Davis Refining Corporation||General Dynamics Ordance & Tactical Systems (+86 others)||2006||Tallahassee, Fl||$2,542,381|
|Basf Corp.||General Dynamics Land Systems Inc. (+20 others)||2003||Edgewater, Nj||$2,000,000|
|Davis Refining Site (Referral)||General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems (+221 others)||2007||Tallahassee, Fl||$1,704,680|
Advisory Committees31 people on 21 committees
Data is based on disclosures required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Matches are based on the occurrence of the company name in the committee member affiliation. Variations in company names may cause some matches to be missed.
The table shows only the top 10 agencies. To search and download raw records from the complete dataset see the FACA data section.
Table shows employees of "General Dynamics" that sat on federal advisory committees.
- Toggle Department of Defense 14 people on 10 committees
- Toggle Department of Transportation 7 people on 1 committee
- Toggle Department of State 4 people on 1 committee
- Toggle National Science Foundation 2 people on 3 committees
- Toggle Department of Commerce 2 people on 3 committees
- Toggle Department of Health and Human Services 1 person on 1 committee
- Toggle National Archives and Records Administration 1 person on 1 committee
- Toggle Department of Labor 1 person on 1 committee