• The Pentagon spent $33,570 on 10 medium-size trashcans that are able to withstand a large blast from C4 or TNT explosive. The trashcans are often seen in government buildings, airports and public transit centers. Although they’re only about 3 feet tall, they weigh nearly 2,000 pounds. Mistral Security Inc. won the contract.
• The Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai won a contract worth up to $28.7 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The contract is to help the agency run data centers for the healthcare program for first responders and survivors of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. The initiative, known as the World Trade Center Health Program, was established by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The data centers perform a number of functions, including standardizing health evaluations and treatment guidelines, receiving claims data and supplying “approved datasets for peer-reviewed scientific research efforts.” The CDC said there is likely to be more than one contract award for this task.
• U.S. Customs and Border Protection needed someone to destroy illegal narcotics — including the packages they come in and “incidental personal effects,” according to a contract solicitation. The agency issued a $70,000 contract to The Kippur Corporation, an Arizona-based company that specializes in waste management, to do just that.
• The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, awarded a $214,110 contract to Ulpan-Or International Ltd. for Hebrew and Arabic classes in both private and classroom-style settings. The contractor is expected to spend 1,000 academic hours on the formal classroom training on embassy grounds.