For the Record - Northern Virginia, December 2012

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Accenture Federal Services, based in Arlington, has been awarded a $25 million Navy contract to provide command, control, communications, computers and intelligence systems engineering support. Accenture will provide program management and engineering services support, primarily to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific in San Diego. (News release)

Booz Allen Hamilton, a consulting company based in McLean, has opened offices in Abu Dhabi. The new offices, which serve as the company’s regional headquarters, highlight its growth in the Mideast and North Africa. Booz Allen expanded operations to Kuwait and Qatar in May. (News release)

CSC Corp., based in Falls Church, has entered an agreement with Dedagroup, an Italian IT company, to sell the Virginia company’s consulting and systems integration services in Italy. The agreement includes the sale of Italian consulting and systems integration projects as well as fashion industry software products and services. ( 

Gannett Co., based in Tysons Corner, has acquired Rovion, a Boston-based advertising company that lets users create ads without using flash or code. (

First Virginia Community Bank has closed on its acquisition of 1st Commonwealth Bank of Virginia. The deal marks First Virginia’s expansion into Arlington County.  The all-stock transaction represents the first acquisition for the five-year-old Fairfax-based bank. The bank serves small and midsize businesses and personal banking customers in Northern Virginia. (

Despite efforts taken by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) in recent months to clean up its act, the authority must implement additional policies to fully address management weaknesses, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation-conducted audit.  A much-awaited final report concluded the authority’s “contracting policies and practices are insufficient to ensure compliance with the Airports Act and the lease agreement between the DOT and MWAA. “ (Loudoun Times-Mirror)

The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation at George Mason University will name its new residence hall and dining complex in Front Royal after Northern Virginia real estate developer Gerald “Jerry” T. Halpin after receiving a $5 million gift commitment. Halpin will provide the funds over the next five years. (

Strayer Education, based in Herndon, has been named to Forbes’ list of “100 Best Small Companies in America.” The for-profit university ranked 19th on the list. It has made Forbes “Best Small Companies” list for 15 straight years. (

Vornado Realty Trust will sell three office buildings in suburban Fairfax County, containing 494,000 square feet, for $126 million. Vornado, a real estate investment trust based in Paramus, N.J., has a portfolio of more than 100 million square feet, primarily located in the New York and Washington, D.C., areas. (

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