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Booz Allen hiring 5,000 employees this year

Consulting giant Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. is going on a major hiring binge.

The McLean-based government contractor is hiring 1,500 people over the next two months and expects to hire about 5,000 workers in 2010, some of which are rehires. More than 60 percent of those jobs will be in the Washington area, said Leslie Esposito, director of recruiting.

Most of the positions are for consultants and include cost estimators, intelligence analysts, operations research analysts, program managers, acquisitions analysts, clinical health consultants, energy consultants, environmental consultants and human capital management and organizational efficiency experts. There is also a wide range of technology-related positions. Though Esposito said the hiring is not tied to any particular contract, the company has had a long list of federal contracting wins recently. Booz Allen landed four Department of Defense contracts, totaling $42.8 million on May 7 alone. All deals are aimed at helping the Pentagon move, protect and share information, which has become more of a focus with the creation and mobilization of the U.S. Cyber Command. And on May 12, Booz Allen got two more contracts, including a $23.5 million deal to develop information assurance methods and $19.9 million to secure cyber activity for air and space combat operations. In April, Booz Allen landed a $19.8 million contract to facilitate collaboration between Air Force research scientists and academics.

The company has inked more than $300 million in federal deals this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, according to the Federal Assistance Award Data System. Booz Allen had about 23,000 employees at the end of last year, 14,000 of them local. The privately held company says it has seen double-digit growth for a decade.

To make room for its new hires, the company is rolling out an initiative this summer called the “Way We Work,” which allows employees to work from the office closest to their homes and to share offices.

“We found that a lot of times, people aren’t in the office. They work from home or at a client site,” said James Fisher, company spokesman. “They don’t need a desk committed to them every day.”

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