Under Contract

• The Department of Homeland Security awarded a $36.5 million contract to First Coast Security Solutions to protect three federal offices and a power plant in Washington, D.C. The facilities in the contract include the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, which is the central federal government entity to detect and respond to nuclear threats, and the National Building Museum. According to documents attached to the solicitation, the officers have to go through at least 100 hours of administrative training and 32 hours of weapons training. 

• The National Cemetery Administration, within the Veterans Affairs Department, awarded a contract worth more than $3.2 million to realign, raise, lower and clean up the area around thousands of headstones at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery south of Chicago. The contractor, a veteran-owned small business called Webb Grounds Maintenance, will also be responsible for planting grass and sod on the grounds. The yearlong project is a smaller part of an effort by the VA to rehabilitate veterans’ cemeteries nationwide. In 1999, Congress passed legislation requiring the VA to “ensure that National Cemeteries serve as a dignified and respectful setting.”

• The State Department awarded Rochelle Johnson Benning a contract worth around $46,000 to help conduct “outbrief” meetings with individuals returning from “high threat diplomatic assignments around the world.” The meetings — which are conducted in individual, small and larger groups — help these workers transition back into civilian life, including learning to identifying symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. The contract will last for one year, but may extend for up to four additional years.

• The Department of Education gave a $1.1 million two-year contract to Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), an independent and nonprofit research firm, to study the reading and math abilities of 12th grade students. The federal government’s National Assessment Governing Board is charged with issuing the National Assessment of Educational Progress report, which gauges how prepared students are to enter college courses or job-training programs. 

• The Indian Health Service, an office within the Department of Health and Human Services, awarded a three-year contract worth nearly $658,000 to Sexual Assault Services of Northwest New Mexico. The nonprofit will be providing “sexual abuse response services” at the Northern Navajo Medical Center.