By The Hill Staff - 04/10/13 11:33 PM EDT
• The Defense Logistics Agency has awarded a five-year, $51.4 million contract to Mina Petroleum FZE to store petroleum owned by the U.S. government at the Port of Salalah, Oman. In 2010, the company’s parent entity became the subject of a congressional investigation for allegedly having ties to the family.
• The Justice Department is spending nearly $36 million to provide services at a residential reentry center that transitions prisoners back into society, in either Manhattan or the Bronx in New York City. The contract was awarded to GEO Care, a company that owns or manages 96 “correctional, detention and residential treatment facilities encompassing approximately 72,000 beds,” according to the company’s website. The contract is set to last for 5 years.
• The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will continue to pay Chemonics International to help the agency promote the Middle Eastern country of Jordan as a tourist destination. The agency added on another $9.6 million to the company’s existing contract, extending it until March 2015. The budget for the program had an initial five-year budget of $30 million in 2008, but the total amount available increased to $41.9 million in 2013. A new tourism promotion project is underway, USAID said, but won’t be operational until the fall of 2014 because of a “staffing crisis.” The mission’s tourism expert “departed unexpectedly,” according to the agency.
• The Food and Drug Administration purchased eight female rhesus monkeys from PrimGen, which is a part of PreLabs LLC, for a total of $61,000. The primates have been used in drug testing, including vaccines hoping to battle HIV.
Contract information compiled from General Services Administration data and government press releases. Send announcements about government contracts to firstname.lastname@example.org.