Big bucks for software, IT

The U.S. Agency for Global Media, formerly the Broadcasting Board of Governors, awarded a $438,828.81 contract to Emergent, LLC., a Virginia Beach company that provides such software as Adobe and Symantec. The Oct. 23 payment is the first installment of a contract worth up to $2,396,272.05 through Oct. 8, 2023. The Agency for Global Media’s … Read more

“Secret” project to spiffy up Cuban Affairs suite

A Maryland company has been awarded a $418,700 contract to refurbish a Cuban Affairs office at the State Department. Suite 3234 “is being renovated into a modernized, efficient, attractive, and professional work environment consisting of private offices, systems furniture office space, reception waiting area, data hub room, and workroom/pantry.” A project document states: This project … Read more

U.S. goal: Boost direct-to-home satellite broadcasts to Cuba

The Broadcasting Board of Governors in July awarded a no-bid $171,000 contract to MX1 Ltd. to deliver satellite television signals into Cuba. As part of the contract, MX1 will provide direct-to-home satellite broadcast coverage into Cuba from a satellite known as Hispasat 30W-5. The contractor is required to provide signal strength capable of broadcasting to … Read more

Critics: Contractors part of “shadow government”

USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives spent $237,165,675 on personal service contracts from 2016 to 2018. (See full list of contractors). Some critics say such contracts are difficult to trace and form part of a “shadow government.” OTI has operated in Cuba as part of U.S. government efforts to weaken the socialist government and speed the transition … Read more