• The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a contract worth about $47,500 to Marcon International for a “cigarette smoking machine” to research various aspects of cigarette smoking. According to contract solicitation documents, the machine can smoke up to 10 cigarettes at a time after they are loaded onto a wheel attached to the machine. The cigarettes are “lit, puffed and ejected” into an attached tray of water. The machine will be used at Pittsburgh’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
• The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is contracting with the local Washington, D.C., transit authority (WMATA) to provide SmarTrip cards to its employees for rail and bus service. Federal records indicate the contract will be for about $6 million over five years. The ATF has about 5,000 employees, according to the bureau.
• The General Services Administration is finishing out a $18 million contract with Smartronix, a Maryland-based software engineering firm, to continue updates on the Recovery.gov website. The public website provides data about where the more than $780 billion was spent under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus law. The final contractual installment to Smartronix is for about $1.5 million to continue the design and upkeep of the website. The work will be completed on Sept. 30.
• The Department of the Navy has awarded an additional $16.3 million to an existing contract with PKL Services Inc., a small business based in California. The company performs maintenance work on aircraft carriers, according to the Department of Defense website. Throughout August, the PKL Services will perform maintenance work in Camp Pendleton, Calif., Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, Jacksonville, Fla., and San Diego. The company will also perform work in Iraq and Afghanistan.
• SMIT Salvage, a Singapore-based company, has been awarded a $24.9 million contract to dislodge the USS Guardian from the Tubbataha Reef in the Philippines. The work for the Department of Defense will be completed by December.
Contract information compiled from General Services Administration data and government press releases. Send announcements about government contracts to firstname.lastname@example.org.