Reclamation Awards Security Contract to Wackenhut Services, Inc.

Media Contact: Bob Walsh , 702.293.8421

For Release: July 12, 2007

Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) Commissioner Robert W. Johnson today announced the award of a $3,131,468.59 contract to The Wackenhut Corporation, located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, to provide security at Hoover Dam.

"Reclamation has a responsibility to the American people to protect its infrastructure," said Johnson. "This contract continues and extends the security measures that have been put in place to protect a structure that is critical to delivering water and generating electricity for the southwest."

Wackenhut has performed security work at Hoover Dam since 2002, under the direction of the Hoover Dam Police Department, the principal law enforcement authority at the dam.

They will continue to provide security at the Hoover Dam Highway 93 vehicle inspection checkpoints in Nevada and in Arizona. They also will be stationed at several other locations around the dam and Visitor Center.

The period of performance for The Wackenhut Services, Inc., contract extends from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008.

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