Editor's Note

Finding the industry linchpins of federal IT

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Federal IT, like any corner of government, has its share of inherently governmental functions that fall to agency employees. But vast swaths of government technology are essentially owned and operated by private firms, and rare is the mission that doesn't involve commercial technologies of some sort.

Industry, in other words, is integral to the federal IT community. And in September, FCW will showcase the firms that are truly making their presence felt.

FCW's Hot Companies to Watch is a proudly subjective list. Working with our sister publication Washington Technology, we look for companies that are transforming the business of federal technology in any number of ways. Size alone won't do it, but past companies have claimed their spot on the list by:

  • Bringing truly transformative new technologies into federal IT.
  • Reshaping the marketplace through acquisitions, mergers or rapid growth.
  • Establishing themselves as a partner of choice for other firms.
  • Powering a particularly important agency program.
  • Winning one or more cornerstone IT contracts.
  • Building a team that's especially active and influential in the community.

We've got quite the list already in the works but are open to suggestions. So if there's a company you think has been especially hot in 2016, please email me at tschneider@fcw.com with a few sentences explaining why that firm should be on our radar. Then check out our Sept. 30 issue to see who made the final cut!

About the Author

Troy K. Schneider is editor-in-chief of FCW and GCN.

Prior to joining 1105 Media in 2012, Schneider was the New America Foundation’s Director of Media & Technology, and before that was Managing Director for Electronic Publishing at the Atlantic Media Company. The founding editor of NationalJournal.com, Schneider also helped launch the political site PoliticsNow.com in the mid-1990s, and worked on the earliest online efforts of the Los Angeles Times and Newsday. He began his career in print journalism, and has written for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, WashingtonPost.com, Slate, Politico, National Journal, Governing, and many of the other titles listed above.

Schneider is a graduate of Indiana University, where his emphases were journalism, business and religious studies.

Click here for previous articles by Schneider, or connect with him on Twitter: @troyschneider.


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