Under Contract

The government is shelling out a total of approximately $320,000 on four contracts throughout the Southwest. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is handling the contracts — mostly given to universities in each state — for help curating archeological finds and their corresponding records, photographs, slides and maps that the corps has found over the years during project work. The University of Texas, El Paso; the University of New Mexico; the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs; and Eastern New Mexico University will each be working to “label, catalog, store, maintain, inventory, and conserve the collection [of artifacts] on a long-term basis.” The contracts range in value from $40,000 to $140,000.

The United States Secret Service awarded a $196,300 contract to V! Studios to procure “3D animators,” according to a General Services Administration database listing new federal contracts. There are no additional details about what the services will entail, but the company’s website features a portfolio of work completed for public and private sector clients. The firm worked on “a disaster preparedness simulation” for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as several projects for NASA.

 

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The American Institutes for Research received a $10 million contract from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to help implement the Reading for Ethiopia’s Achievement Developed project in Ethiopia. The contractors will focus on the monitoring and evaluation of the project, with a main focus on looking at reading fluency and comprehension at the earlier grade levels, checking students’ progress over time. It will begin on March 1 and will end by Feb. 28, 2019. Schools in the African country are overcrowded and under-resourced. In addition, while schools have been hiring more teachers, “most of the teachers are not qualified for the grade levels they teach,” the contract documents say. In parts of Ethiopia, prior USAID evaluations have found, majorities of children are “zero-word readers,” who cannot read or do not understand what they have read.

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