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Federal Spending: Breakdown of Contracts

Research and development in the physical, engineering and life sciences, accounted for the most contract dollars reported by federal agencies Sunday, thanks to awards for the management and operation of the Energy Department's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and biometric research for the National Institutes of Health. Lease agreements for office space also accounted for a fair percent of contract dollars spent, particularly in the D.C.-metro area, with Bernstein Companies Inc. among those that leased space to the General Services Administration.