The government is considering the need for more contractors as it grapples with the fallout from the Great Recession.
The Federal Register, which is used to approve government business, says that the U.S. has fewer than 4,000 registered contractors in the country.
The Register says the number of contractors has increased about 25% over the past decade, but it said it is still too early to determine how many new firms will emerge.
In the last three years, more than 40,000 companies have applied for contracts.
“We will need more contractors to address the growing shortage of skilled workers, to hire workers who can do more with less,” Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke wrote in his annual report to Congress in March.
A recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders showed that only 37% of the nation’s home builders have a contract.
A survey by American Home Builder found that only 26% of those surveyed said they have a contractor.