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Beltway firms receive big contracts to restore in New Orleans

From reports by the Washington Post

Hurricane Katrina, devastating to those in her path, is pulling an ocean of green in her wake.  Most of it is flowing to those firms surrounding Washington DC fondly referred to by locals as the Beltway Bandits.

Dewberry, an architecture and engineering firm headquartered on route 50 in Fairfax County, Virginia, just outside of Washington tops the list of FEMA beneficiaries. It also has business interests with other entities that are on the top list of FEMA contractors for Katrina reconstruction.

Dewberry has partnered with URS Group Incorporated of California with major operations in Gaithersburg, MD as well as Washington-based engineering firms such National Infrastructure Support Technical Assistance Consultants (NISTAC) which is the fourth largest FEMA contractor -- a Fairfax joint venture between Dewberry and URS.

The Partnership for Response and Recovery, a venture of Dewberry, URS, SSI and PaRR provides inspectors to assess private infrastructure, such as residences and businesses, flooded by the hurricane. 

Alltech, Inc., of Herndon, VA a subsidiary of Parsons Brinckerhoff wil supply housing inspectors for federally declared disaster areas. It is recipient of the third largest contract. 

Other firms getting fat contracts are: CGI-AMS providing software for the payroll system at the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans. Booz Allen Hamilton announced it has been awarded a five-year $250 million contract by the Department of Homeland Security to provide systems engineering technical assistance to the agency's science and technology section. Amron Corp. of McLean, Defense Group Inc. of Falls Church and Missing Link of Springfield will also received contracts.