Early Briefing: Booz Allen Ponders a Split

On Mondays, we turn the Business section over to local news. Here's a sampling of what you'll find in today's Washington Business.

*Booz Allen Hamilton is considering whether it should split its government and commercial consulting practices. The McLean firm, which pioneered the concept of Organizational DNA, has been in talks with Carlyle Group about selling its government business. See story.

*Inventing the ubiquitous Chloraseptic sore throat remedy made Robert Schattner a wealthy man and helped give him a behind-the-scenes role in Washington sports for the past four decades. The Maryland dentist, who holds 70 patents and trademarks, is preparing to sell his final product, the Sporicidin antibacterial rinse. See story.

*Microsoft's unsolicited $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo last week stirred speculation that AOL could also be an acquisition target, but analysts were doubtful that a sale of Time Warner subsidiary was in the cards. See story.

*The White House gives itself good grades for improving government performance over the past seven years, but other observers were skeptical of the administration's self-assessment. See the Federal Diary column by Stephen Barr.

*Sally Dickerson wants to get one thing straight: Just because she's 85 years old doesn't mean that she's retiring anytime soon from Safeway. She has worked as a cashier for the grocery chain since 1955, and she'll be the guest of honor at Thursday's reopening of the company's renovated store in Kensington. See story.

8Gary Nakamoto, chief executive of Base Technologies, a McLean information technology firm, makes a business case for extending Metrorail service to Tyson's Corner and Dulles International Airport. Completion of the proposed rail extension has been thrown into doubt by the loss of financial backing from the federal government. See his commentary.

The National Federation for the Blind and inventor Ray Kurzweil have teamed up to develop a cell phone that can read text and convert it into spoken words. See story.

*HealthCentral, an Arlington startup that provides medical information online, received a key investment from IAC/InteractiveCorp last week. See story.

By Mike Shepard  |  February 4, 2008; 6:33 AM ET  | Category:  Morning Brief
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