The Maryland company that hired American development worker Alan Gross won more than $2.7 billion in USAID contracts from 2000 to the third quarter of 2009, statistics show.
Development Alternatives Inc., or DAI, sent Gross to Cuba as part of a USAID-financed democracy program. Cuban authorities accused Gross of setting up an illegal satellite communications network and sentenced him on Friday to a 15-year prison term.
DAI, based in Bethesda, raked in $2,720,391,038 in U.S. Agency for International Development contracts from 2000 to 2009, according to FedSpending, which tracks government spending.
The nine companies that followed were:
- CHEMONICS INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED – $1,647,101,126
- BEARINGPOINT, INC – $994,453,511
- RESEARCH TRIANGLE INSTITUTE – $781,069,203
- BERGER LOUIS GROUP INC – $680,280,412
- COFFEY INTERNATIONAL LTD – $445,549,179
- JOHN SNOW INC (JSI) – $424,500,839
- MACRO INTERNATIONAL INC – $396,961,113
- TETRA TECH, INC. – $340,521,186
- L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS – $278,752,145
Top 10 USAID contractors from 2000 to 2009. Source: FedSpending.org
FederalAssistance.gov says American aid to Cuba focuses on “providing humanitarian assistance to prisoners of conscience and their families, strengthening civil society, supporting issue-based civic action movements and coalitions, and promoting fundamental freedoms, especially the freedom of expression and freedom of the press.”
Chart by ForeignAssistance.gov