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 McLEAN, Va., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- SAIC (Science Applications International Corp.) has won six cooperative agreements -- the most awarded to any single company this year -- from the Department of Defense (DOD) to help high-tech small, minority-owned businesses with business development.
 Companies from Alexandria and Vienna were selected by SAIC for the program.
 The two-year-old DOD Pilot Mentor-Protege Program funds major prime contractors to help small minority-owned, or "small disadvantaged," companies. Through these agreements, DOD will provide a total of $30 million this fiscal year. The funding will be used to strengthen the small disadvantaged businesses' existing capabilities under the guidance of firms with well-established track records as government contractors. DOD expects the proteges will be better able to compete for government subcontracts and diversify into the private sector.
 This year, DOD selected 46 of 49 proposals submitted by prime contractors, including those from six different groups within SAIC. SAIC groups in San Diego in McLean and Virginia Beach, Va.; Montgomery, Ala.; Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and Sierra Vista, Ariz., will participate in the program.
 SAIC's Technology Analysis and Applications Group in McLean will help ECG Inc., of Vienna, Va., develop engineering, technical, quality assurance and design support for DOD facilities cleanup; provide training in software configuration, and help ECG increase compliance with government standards, regulations and practices. The agreement has an initial value of about $54,000, with options worth another $225,000.
 SAIC AMSEC in Virginia Beach will mentor Lloyd-Lamont Design Inc. of Alexandria, Va. Assistance will be provided in management/organization procedures, contracts standards, computer-assisted design workstations; evaluating work in facilities renovation and architectural design; and identifying other business opportunities. The agreement has an initial value of $112,000, with options worth about $230,000.
 SAIC was recognized earlier this year for its aggressive program to award subcontract dollars to small disadvantaged businesses. The high- tech prime contractor received an "outstanding" rating from the Defense Contract Management Area Operation office in San Diego, part of the Defense Logistics Agency.
 SAIC provides high-technology services and products to government and the private sector in business areas including national security, environment, energy, health care and transportation. With annual sales of $1.5 billion, employee-owned SAIC has 15,300 employees in more than 250 locations worldwide.
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