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• The Army Corps of Engineers is spending more than $40 million to repair Long Branch, N.J., beaches in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In all, the area will receive a total of about 8 million cubic yards of sand, and the contractor, Manson Construction Co., will supply and place about 3.3 million cubic yards of the sand. Work began on Labor Day, the Army Corps said, and will last approximately seven months. The contract is part of an effort to supply more than 26 million cubic yards to the Northeastern coast to protect against future storms.

• The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to make sure that veterans are able to receive healthcare, even in cases where the local VA medical center has long wait times or is “an extraordinary distance from the veteran’s home.” It has awarded two contracts worth a total of more than $9.4 billion to Health Net Federal Services and Tri-West Healthcare Alliance Corp. to provide inpatient and outpatient services.

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• The General Services Administration (GSA) awarded a $663,000 contract to Julie Redwine to provide research and curate fine art, including inventory and recovery duties, at GSA offices nationwide. The five-year contract requires Redwine to account for art assets belonging to the federal government that have been loaned or “allocated” and renew contracts with those currently holding the art. She will also determine who owns newly discovered artwork and “work to identify and placing recovered artworks on loan to museums for the most cost-effective preservation and benefit of the American public.”

• Applied Technology Council, a nonprofit research organization, received a contract worth up to $9.9 million from the Commerce Department. It will conduct research for the department’s National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, specifically looking into how structural engineering can best reduce the risk of severe damage caused by earthquakes. 

• The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is spending $62,000 on give-away items for anti-drug campaigns — including about 125,000 pencils that say “Living Drug Free” or “Drugs are Pointless” and are embossed with the DEA’s website. Eliassen Associates, which creates promotional products for companies and governments, won the contract. They will also deliver thousands of stickers, 150,000 red silicone bracelets emblazoned with the “Living Drug Free” slogan and a half million red ribbons used in an annual anti-drug campaign.

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