According to FCW.com, the General Services Administration of the United States has awarded Verisign (VRSN) a $2.1 million bridge contract to continue as the registry provider for the top-level .gov Internet domain.
The current contract was set to expire this month, however according to the FCW.com story, the bridge contract was awarded in November 2015, and publicly released yesterday.
The GSA solicited vendors interested in managing the .gov registry in March 2015. In addition to Verisign, the firms Neustar, Verizon, CenturyLink and AT&T expressed interest and were deemed to have the experience necessary to potentially qualify for an authority to operate the top-level domain apparently did not make a decision in time so entered into this bridge contract with Verisign.
Verisign of course operates the .com, .net, .tv and .cc registries among others.