Under contract

• The National Institutes of Health awarded a contract worth up to $5.4 million to Fisher BioServices Inc., which describes itself as a “biorepository and biobanking, and cell therapy clinical trial management service provider.” The National Cancer Institute hired the company to manage, analyze and store chemicals used in the development of anti-cancer drugs.

• Customs and Border Protection is contracting with Performance Assessment Network to create online tests and evaluations for Department of Homeland Security employees. Worth more than $14.1 million, the contract is meant to develop and implement up to 11 different skill tests to evaluate job applications, determine promotions and select individuals for “mission-critical occupations.”

• The Defense Department awarded Florida-based AAR Airlift Group Inc. a $98 million, one-year extension to a current contract for fixed-wing aircraft — including the personnel, equipment and tools needed for maintenance. The total amount of the three-year contract now totals $307.6 million, but there is an option to add another year to the contract in 2014. The work is taking place in Afghanistan.

• The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is spending about $23,400 on 27 devices that can detect the noises bats make and 15 microphones to monitor the sounds. The contract, awarded to Wildlife Acoustics Inc., is specifically designated for a small business. 

• The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) hired the law firm Duane Morris to advise the agency in a state-level legal battle that began in 2010. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle sued Wall Street banks in an attempt to force them to buy back toxic assets resulting from the mortgage crisis. The FHFA says it needs the firm to help it gather paperwork for the trial, which resumed in late April. The contract is worth anywhere from $300,000 to $500,000, depending on how long it lasts.

• The Air Force awarded a $20 million contract to Antelope Valley East Kern Water Agency in Palmdale, Calif., to provide the local Air Force base with “clear, potable water safe for human consumption in accordance with standards adopted by the California Department of Health Services for drinking and culinary water.” 
Contract information compiled from General Services Administration data and government press releases. Send announcements about government contracts to mwilson@thehill.com.