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FAA announces NextGen contracts

June 30, 2010, 09:39 pm

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced that Metron Aviation and Booz Allen Hamilton have received contracts for engineering work related to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).

The 10-year, $1.15 billion contract awarded to Metron was said to be one of the largest ever awarded by the FAA to a small business. These two contracts were said to be the last of six from an umbrella portfolio known as System Engineering 2020 (SE-2020), which is aimed at encouraging small business participation.

For its part, Booz Allen Hamilton received a $711 million, 10-year contract. Both companies are expected to evaluate emerging procedures and technologies related to the NextGen system.

"Small businesses generate some of our country's best ideas," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "The rollout of NextGen will give small businesses the opportunity to serve on the leading edge of this major transportation initiative."

The SE-2020 portfolio has a ceiling of $6.5 billion, which is reportedly among the largest set of awards in the FAA's history. The NextGen system is a comprehensive upgrade of the nation's air traffic system, with benefits that will offer environmental, business and security benefits.

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