The District government reached a $1 million settlement with a Rockville company for abusing the D.C.'s Certified Business Enterprise program. Under the rules of the CBE program, companies seeking contracts with the District government can receive additional "preference points" if they are based in D.C. or partner with a company that has headquarters there. City investigators said that Forrester Construction Co. and D.C.-based EEC devised a simple scheme to accrue the points: Both companies told the District that EEC would perform most of the work on D.C. contracts. But the attorney general's office said the two companies "entered into secret side deals" that left Forrester with an "overwhelming share of the contract work and profits." Officials said the partnership between the two companies allowed them to win millions of dollars in deals, including a contract to renovate Anacostia High School. - Alan Blinder