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 [email protected] 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 the Editor-in-Chief of both FCW and GCN, two of the oldest and most influential publications in public-sector IT. Both publications (originally known as Federal Computer Week and Government Computer News, respectively) are owned by GovExec. Mr. Schneider also serves GovExec's General Manager for Government Technology Brands.

Mr. Schneider previously served as New America Foundation’s Director of Media & Technology, and before that was Managing Director for Electronic Publishing at the Atlantic Media Company, where he oversaw the online operations of The Atlantic Monthly, National Journal, The Hotline and The Almanac of American Politics, among other publications. The founding editor of NationalJournal.com, Mr. 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, Governing, and many of the other titles listed above.

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

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