Our History

Through years of service, we’ve grown to become the number one vendor for several large federal clients, including the National Institutes of Health. In the D.C. metro area, we are ranked as one of the top 10 vendors under the GSA Federal Supply Schedule for Schedule 736.

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April 4, 1991

Foundation

Betsy and Fred Donohue incorporated Contemporaries in the state of Maryland, initiating the start of staffing services offered to Montgomery County and the DC Metropolitan Area.
April 4, 1991

March 18, 1995

First BPA Awarded

Contemporaries, Incorporated is awarded its first Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Within a year, two more BPA’s were added with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Transportation (DoT).

March 18, 1995

March 18, 1997

Contemporaries & the GSA

The General Schedule Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule was opened to staffing firms and Contemporaries became one of the first companies in the country to be added in Phase 1.
March 18, 1997

March 18, 2001

Long Term Contract Awarded

After a decade of establishing itself as a reputable and adaptable supplier of contract employees, Contemporaries receives its first Long-Term Support Services Contract from the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). As the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to mental health research, this contract served as evidence of federal trust in Contemporaries’ ability to consistently provide quality staffing support.

March 18, 2001

March 18, 2004

New Leadership

While maintaining the warm atmosphere of a family owned and operated small business, Erin Allen, daughter of Betsy and Fred, becomes the president of Contemporaries, Incorporated. Under her leadership, Contemporaries secures a “women-owned” status through WBENC and MDOT certifications.
March 18, 2004

March 18, 2010

First LTASCs Awarded

Contemporaries is awarded two substantial contracts for support based services. The first, a Long-Term Administrative Support Contract (LTASC) for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The second, an agency-wide award with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for five years.
March 18, 2010

April 2011

Anniversary

Contemporaries celebrates 20 years in business.
April 2011

2015

Contemporaries is awarded LTASC II and renews it’s GSA TAPS schedule.
2015

February 2017

Vincent DiCarlo joins the team as Operations Manager streamlining operations and managing quality control for the whole organization.
February 2017

November 2018

Contemporaries certifies as woman owned small business WOSB and economically disadvantaged EDWOSB under the SBA program.
November 2018

January 2020

Ownership of Contemporaries is transitioned to the next generation. Fred and Betsy’s daughter Erin Allen acquires full ownership of Contemporaries.
January 2020

October 2020

Contemporaries expands its footprint to include DHHS OASH to support the Ready Reserve program under the Emergency Covid Relief Act.
October 2020

April 2021

Contemporaries celebrates 30 years in business serving the Federal Government and it’s contracting partners.
April 2021

Present Day

Contemporaries continues to adapt to industry standards and supply private and federal sectors with the staffing solutions they need to successfully accomplish their own mission goals.
Present Day

Contact Us

When it comes to attracting and hiring new talent for your organization, the process can be overwhelming. Contemporaries is based in the DC/Northern Virginia/Maryland region.

We know the area. We have a unique database of top talent. And we have a keen understanding of government agencies and the federal contractor community. Let’s set up a time to talk about your organization and staffing support solutions.