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February 11, 2009
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Last night, we joined 150 well-wishers at the brand new Congressional Visitors Center to celebrate the merger of AeA and ITAA, now known as Tech America, a new super association with 17,400 member companies nationwide.


Tech America CEO Chris Hansen and President Phil Bond bookend CA Rep. Anna Eshoo and Intel CEO Paul Otellini. (Paul was everywhere, as readers of our issue yesterday know.) Chris tells us that they purposely chose not to have an acronym as their name to avoid adding to the confusing alphabet soup of association names. All of you should know Anna, considering her district includes the second most important region in the country, which we think is called Silicon Valley. As for Chris, he’s off to Maine to check out progress on his vacation home.

Preferred Offices

Symantec’s Kevin Richards and Oregon Rep. David Wu. Kevin heads up the firm’s government relations branch, so he’s the one who goes before Congress, something that comes naturally for the former economic adviser to Ted Kennedy.


Tech America Chairman Hank Steininger, center, with IBM’s Bruce Lenster and Bill Warner ("Mr. Procurement and Mr. Procurement Jr." Hank says). Bruce and Bill say they are keeping a close eye on the stimulus package and Obama’s promise of increased government transparency. Even with nice weather here, it’s hard not to be jealous of Hank, who is returning home to Palm Springs. 

CGI Gets Defensive

CGI Federal President George Schindler is a happy man these days now that his hometown Steelers are Super Bowl champs (that’s the Steelers logo on George’s mug). We met George at his Fairfax office where he tells us the government management firm is looking to do more work for defense and intelligence agencies.


George, a Purdue grad, started at CGI 23 years ago as a programmer (helping design a State Department payroll system that is just now being replaced). He oversees more than 1,600 employees and is celebrating several big wins in the healthcare (HHS, CMS) and financial management (EPA, FCC) arenas. George is a father of four and may have his biggest challenge ahead of him: teaching his teenage daughter to drive.

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