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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a $33.1 million contact to Population Services International to implement its “HIV Regional Flagship Activity” in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan. However, if the program receives more funding, “core activities could begin in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan,” USAID states. The program will mobilize HIV prevention, treatment and care services provided by government and nongovernmental organizations. The program targets the most vulnerable populations: “People who inject drugs, prisoners, sex workers and men who have sex with men,” the contract documents say. The HIV prevention and treatment program includes goals not only for increased care but also for the strengthening of “key state bodies to govern well” and a “stronger, more representative civil society.”

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The Department of the Army awarded a $34,814 contract to New York City Lites Inc., for lighting design for the 214th Army Band’s 2015 holiday concert series. Held this year at the Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, N.C., the concerts are held on Dec. 15 and Dec. 16 and free to the public. “The mission of the Army Ground Forces Band is to provide a world-class product to the American people, and therefore our vendors must be world-class in their fields,” solicitation documents say, adding that the lighting must be fit for television broadcast. 

The Lewin Group has been awarded a $406,465 contract from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)to help expand the Veteran-Directed Home and Community Based Services program to all VA Medical Centers. It will also develop, implement and evaluate a program for veterans with traumatic brain injuries. The veteran-directed program allows those participating in the program a flexible monthly spending budget to buy goods and services in order to allow them to live safely at home — meaning a person could hire his or her own family members to provide for personal care needs. The goal is to move veterans from long-term nursing home care and allow them to live in their own homes. However, it is not yet available at all VA Medical Centers.

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