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Byline: Peter Shinkle
Dec. 18--The National Imagery and Mapping Agency has approved a controversial plan to cut costs by privatizing work done by about 600 government employees, including 300 in the St. Louis area.
NIMA, a federal agency that handles sensitive satellite-mapping jobs for the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. military, has awarded a contract for the work to NJVC LLC, a joint venture formed by two Alaskan companies. The contract, signed Friday, could last up to 15 years and could pay up to $2.2 billion to NJVC, officials said.
The privatization drew objections from a union representing government employees, but NIMA said it was …