* Veridian, an Arlington information technology company, was one of six companies awarded a Navy contract worth up to $166.9 million. Under the five-year contract, Veridian will provide engineering, technical and industrial services to the Naval Sea Systems Command's Shipbuilding Support Office. Veridian said it won two previous contracts with the office, worth $32.5 million and $42.8 million, respectively.

* Anteon International, a Fairfax government contractor, said it was awarded an Army contract worth up to $37 million. Under the six-year contract, awarded by the Army Intelligence Center, Anteon will train operators and maintenance workers responsible for Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The vehicles are used for combat and intelligence support purposes, Anteon said.

* Convera said its search technology is being used by a regional tax authority in Chemnitz, Germany, to detect evidence of fraud in impounded data. The Vienna, Va., firm said more than 70 law enforcement and intelligence agencies are using its software for computer forensics initiatives.

* TSI TelSys, a Columbia maker of satellite data systems, said its third-quarter loss narrowed to $379,800 (5 cents per share) on revenue of $1.2 million, compared with a loss of $823,000 (10 cents) on revenue of $1 million in the year-earlier quarter. The company received about $100,000 in orders, down from about $800,000. For the first nine months of the year, TSI TelSys lost $1 million (14 cents) on revenue of $4.3 million. It lost $1.1 million (14 cents) on revenue of $5 million in the same period of 2001.

Compiled from reports by Washington Post staff writers, washingtonpost.com and Dow Jones News Service