Under Contract

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded a contract worth nearly $75,000 to the American Lung Association to organize and provide a study tracking “trends in state coverage of tobacco cessation treatments for Medicaid enrollees.” The contract will be for 12 months, and the American Lung Association is required to provide reports to the CDC on a quarterly basis. Ultimately, the association will work with the government to report the findings in a “morbidity and mortality weekly report.”

• The Department of Health and Human Services awarded the Regents of the University of Minnesota with a $997,770 contract to conduct a “sodium research project,” though the award notification states that the agencies involved may include other contractors. The study will be reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke.

• The Department of Homeland Security granted a $4.3 million contract to Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) of McLean, Va., with almost $558,000 of the funding coming from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The Customs and Border Protection branch of DHS issued the award to modernize “tactical communication … equipment and services in El Paso, Texas.” This is a modification to an existing contract with the company to “fund the unforeseen in-scope work that is required to complete the task order mission.”

• The Agency for International Development awarded $89.1 million to Creative Associates International Inc. to “implement the Iraq Primary Education Sector Strengthening Project.” The United States Agency for International Development Mission to Iraq intends to solicit proposals to implement a USAID Education Sector Strengthening Project. The overall goal is “to deliver quality primary education.” There will be a primary focus on using “a targeted approach for improving student learning outcomes and sustained enrollment rates among vulnerable populations in primary school.”

Contract information compiled from General Services Administration data and outside press releases. Send announcements about government contracts to mwilson@thehill.com.