* Orbimage of Dulles, a satellite imaging company, was awarded a four-year contract for about $500 million by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The agency said in a statement that the contract "helps assure the availability of high-resolution imagery from the next series of U.S. commercial imagery satellites and also furthers the partnership between the U.S. Government and the U.S. remote-sensing industry."
* University of Maryland researchers received a $235,000 award from the Library of Congress for their project developing a digital repository to preserve records from the dot-com era of the late 1990s. The records include business plans, marketing plans, venture presentations and other business documents from more than 2,000 failed and successful Internet start-ups collected through the Business Plan Archive project (http://businessplanarchive.org), a Web portal launched in 2002. The grant will be matched by the project's partners. The second phase of the project involves collecting personal narratives from entrepreneurs, employees, customers, suppliers, investors and others involved in the Internet boom and bust.
* Duratek, a Columbia nuclear facility operations company, said William M. Bambarger Jr., corporate controller and chief accounting officer, resigned from the company effective Oct. 22. Company officials said Bambarger is leaving to be vice president of finance for another company, which it did not identify.
Compiled from reports by Washington Post staff writers.