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January 12, 2009
 
 
 
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2009

FEDERAL IT
POWER 50

(11-20)


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11. Phil Nolan, CEO, Stanley. The physics major from Navy and JD from GW started with the company 20 years ago when it had 20 employees. Now it’s a billion dollar a year juggernaut with a cast of 5,000, that put a $62 million IPO under its belt two years ago. Phil is also on the acquisition path with moves like a $170 million cash purchase of Oberon Associates in June. Even though its mainstays are the usually unglamorous enterprise integration and systems engineering kinds of contracts, the fact it seems to get new military and intel support orders every week gives it mounting buzz.

 

12. Teresa Carlson and Curt Kolcun, Microsoft Public Sector. Teresa’s just become head of federal (MSFT’s biggest customer), and her predecessor and good friend Curt now oversees all public sector. Teresa is passionate and innovative: She just created a “chief transition officer” to watch new Administration developments; and convinced OMB to adopt a “core desktop configuration” that effectively locked down a security-enhanced version of Windows for new agency rollouts. Curt’s a former systems engineer who rapidly worked his way up the Microsoft ladder.

 

13. Peter Levine, Counsel, Senate Armed Services Committee. This is the guy who, for the time being, will fill the void left by Tom Davis and Henry Waxman perhaps even more than new House Government Reform chairman Ed Towns (see #22). Peter’s helped re-write federal acquisition rules, balancing the Democrats’ bent for strict oversight with the industry’s argument that a less fettered market means more efficient production and lower costs for taxpayers. 18 years with the committee, he’s been a key mover in landmark legislation like the Information Technology Management Reform Act. If staff flexing muscle doesn’t suit everyone, just remember we’re measuring power, not congeniality.

 

14. Olga Grkavac, EVP, and Phil Bond, CEO, The Technology Association of America. The ITAA engineered two mergers in the past year (with GEIA and AEA), changed its name to something even more universal, and can now boast more than 2,000 member companies spread across the nation. Phil’s known from his policymaking Undersecretary of Commerce days, but Olga’s so well-known from years of behind-the-scenes strategizing at ITAA on issues like procurement and immigration, everyone in Federal IT knows her instantly (and maybe only) by just her first name.

 

15. George Pederson, CEO, ManTech. Founding the firm more than 40 years ago, George has built it into a public company with $1.7 billion in revenue. Not afraid to take risks, he loves M&A, so little companies looking to get swallowed up keep his number close at hand. He’s a leader both in military contracting and the tech community whom one vet describes as “Jack London without the attitude.” (We believe that’s meant as a compliment to both.)

 

16. Navy CIO Rob Carey, Army CIO LTG Jeff Sorensen. Here are a matched pair of innovators making the services work smarter. Winner of two Fed 100 awards, Rob was the first CIO to have a Web 2.0 policy, a green IT policy, and host a public blog, and two years ago even served a tour in Iraq; he also heads up the federal CIO Council’s new security committee. Jeff, a West Point grad and Northwestern MBA, had an accomplished career in Army acquisitions, and since coming on last year has been preaching the use of technology to centralize network services and simplify military processes. They both sound positively Obamanian.   

 

17. Mike Bradshaw, head of federal sales, Google. Yes, they just opened up their small government affairs office in Reston, but face it, who’s not going to take a meeting with Google? Especially when they say they’re going to give you a demonstration of cool sounding products like Google Mini, Google Earth Enterprise, Google Maps for Enterprise, and Google Search Appliance? As Mike told us, federal sales is one of Google’s smallest businesses, but it’s also one of the monster Internet company’s fastest growing, so look out.

 

18. Diana Gowen, General Manager, Qwest Government Services. She put her firm back on the government map by a remarkable triumph snagging the Networx Universal and Enterprise contracts, following others like the DISA-DATS award. Apparently a quarter century of high level experience at Corvis, Broadwing, and MCI, selling into the government, teaches you some tricks.

 

19. Gary Winkler, Army PEO EIS. One of the rising stars of the CIO world, Gary’s in Kevin Carroll’s old seat, developing large-scale DoD and IT systems and commanding his own army of 1,600 personnel and a $4 billion annual budget. Some of his 50 to 100 ongoing projects include biometric badging for workers in Iraq and Afghanistan, electronic medical records for soldiers, and upgrades to Army Knowledge Online that lets soldiers connect with loved ones. He’s also the least likely guy we’ve ever met to have a dog named Bubbles (his daughter’s choice; not his).

 

20. Anne Armstrong, President, 1105 Government Information Group; David Rapp, Editor in Chief, FCW and editorial director 1105; and Steve Vito, Publisher, Government Executive. These people control that rare part of the written media not already run by Murdoch, Newhouse, or Bisnow. Anne helped revive FCW, then helped tycoon Neal Vitale integrate GCN, Washington Technology and the FOSE trade show under the 1105 Media banner, putting in-depth coverage of the federal marketplace in one home. FOSE and print may be struggling, but watch out. With Rapp’s sharp pen, their brand is still tops. Meanwhile, Steve’s the competition, under the Atlantic Media umbrella, and especially with the introduction of NextGov website, is giving them a run for their money.

 
 
 
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