FCW's 2006 Federal List

Lists parse the numbers in every possible way, but the Federal List issue seeks to look behind the numbers

Each year, we use Federal Computer Week’s Federal List issue to look at the government information technology market and provide information to help readers do their jobs more effectively.

This year, we offer a government IT self-help guide. In each of the magazine’s sections, we list groups that are worth belonging to and books or Web sites that are worth reading.

In the self-help guide:

The package also includes our annual review of the federal IT market and a feature on the small-business classification controversy.

In addition to lists of the biggest vendors, FCW’s annual Federal List issue has typically included 10 hot companies to watch. We slightly changed that list. This year, we focused on organizations worth watching.

The list includes companies and organizations that are interesting and influential because of the particular niche they occupy or because of their broad scope. Other groups on the list have an interesting angle on the market, attract key people or represent a changing government IT marketplace.

Some of the companies we have selected are also advertisers, but they were chosen based on the previously mentioned criteria.

The list does not strive to be comprehensive. One of the federal market’s strengths is the number of companies in it. We expect people will think other companies or organizations should have made our list, and we welcome your thoughts.

About the Author

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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