* L-3 Government Services of Chantilly, a division of L-3 Communications Holdings, said it won $201 million in contracts from a "major intelligence community client" to provide information technology services, such as systems and enterprise engineering, communications, information technology infrastructure operations, and life-cycle support. The company provided no further information on the source of the contract.

* The Air Force said it intends to award contracts to four small Washington area companies as part of $10 billion in "backbone procurement" for its Network Centric Solutions program, according to Government Computer News. The contracts will go to Multimax of Largo, Centech of Silver Spring, NCI Information Systems of Reston and Telos of Ashburn. The contract includes engineering, software development, integration, security and telephone services, as well as voice, video and data hardware and software products. Large contracts for the project have yet to be awarded.

* State and local spending for transportation information technology systems will increase from $1.8 billion in fiscal 2005 to $2.5 billion in fiscal 2009, according to Input, a Reston company that primarily provides market research for government contractors. Input predicts spending increases for emerging "smart highway" initiatives that allow for safer and more efficient movement of traffic, along with a federal effort to upgrade the national transportation system.