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After ‘protests,’ Md. firm loses NIH parking services contract

The National Institutes of Health next month will end its parking services contract with a Maryland firm, citing “several different protests” lodged after the firm was awarded the contract last year.

As a result of the contract loss, Penn Parking Inc., which is based in Hanover, is planning to lay off 59 workers at the NIH campus in Bethesda, according to Maryland records, but it’s possible the workers will be hired by the firm that takes over the contract in March.

In a statement, the National Institutes of Health said it had decided the parking contract to operate visitor lots, patient valet parking and services, and other parking services would be awarded to Mid-Atlantic Parking Services of Alexandria, Va.

In October, Penn Parking won that contract, previously held by Colonial Parking.

“There have been several different protests since the award to Penn Parking leading to this final determination by the NIH,” the NIH said in a statement.

A spokesperson for Penn Parking could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.