Under contract

• The National Institutes of Health awarded a 5-year, $600,000 contract to Oregon Health & Science University to “examine biological markers that may indicate increased risk for PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder] onset in patients with a traumatic injury.” The research will be used to create health care aimed at preventing PTSD in “high-risk” patients.

• Larry D. Butler won a contract worth about $60,000 to create two 30-minute episodes of a program on the endangered Lesser Prairie Chicken. An agency within the Department of Agriculture is funding the endeavor, which will be broadcast nationally on the RFD-TV network, a channel “aimed at rural America.” According to federal documents, the shows will spotlight the work of the USDA and Texas landowners to create conservation plans for the birds while “[maintaining] economically sustainable agricultural enterprises.”

• The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be working on a $2.5 million research project for the National Institutes of Health, examining “diet, obesity, and weight change in pregnancy.”

• The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. is spending $12,000 for a two-year contract to provide hold music for its telephone systems. Audio Information Services, a small business in Washington, D.C., will do the work.

• The U.S. Agency for International Development is working on a project to “promote the rule of just law and civil liberties in Burma.” Tetra-Tech DPK won the $12.1 million contract. The San Francisco-based consulting company will help the agency “work strategically across key areas in the justice sector, balancing supply of and demand for fair and equitable justice services,” strengthen the communication with “justice stakeholders” and help the local community identify and address their needs.

• An Iowa office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service awarded a $30,000 contract to a small business called Conservation Demonstrations for two “rainfall simulators.” The agency is part of the Department of Agriculture.

• The U.S. Agency for International Development office in Uganda awarded a $6.6 million contract to Tetra Tech ARD, aiming to blunt the environmental impacts from oil and gas development in the country. Specifically, the contractors will work to “strengthen capacity of current and future Ugandan professionals in the public and private sector to manage and respond to the environmental impacts of the oil and gas sector,” work to improve governmental oversight of the sector’s activities in the Albertine Rift and encouraging the Ugandan civil society to participate in the “decision-making” of the energy sector.

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