By The Hill Staff - 10/23/13 10:39 PM EDT
• The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is spending $1.3 million to have contractors from Mintel, a global marketing research firm, help with monitoring mail-based advertising by financial institutions and credit card companies. They will manage a “consumer panel” from which they can gain insights about marketing and solicitations and create a database of monthly direct-mail marketing efforts, among other duties. The documents say that the bureau will conduct its own analysis after Mitel provides the raw data.
• The State Department is working with Strategic Communications Inc. in an attempt to streamline and unify the online standards testing for overseas job applicants looking for work at U.S. embassies and consulates, as Foreign Service nationals and in other positions. The Office of Overseas Employment found its “pre-employment skills tests showed testing inconsistencies worldwide and established the need” for standardization. State will spend more than $9.8 million to update the system.
• The Justice Department’s Bureau of Prisons awarded a contract worth up to about $1.4 million for mortuary services at a federal prison in North Carolina. International Mortuary Shipping will provide the services for up to five years, including “embalming and body preparation and coordination of final arrangements for burial, cremation or shipment of remains.”
• Customs and Border Protection awarded Quest Diagnostics Incorporated with a $600,000 contract for drug testing services for the Federal Drug-Free Workplace program. The cost of each test ranges from about $12 to $27 — but if a test comes back positive, producing the documents costs $250. Employees asked to give “expert testimony” will receive $1,000 per day.
• The U.S. Department of Agriculture has contracted with Camper Consulting, a Washington-based firm that says it “helps companies and organizations achieve maximal productivity and profitability by applying Organization Development (OD) technology to leverage clients’ business and organizational resources.” The award will not exceed $625,000. The firm will provide “executive leadership coaching and facilitation” to an office within the department.
Contract information compiled from General Services Administration data and government press releases. Send announcements about government contracts to firstname.lastname@example.org.