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DorobekINSIDER: NextGov’s new editor: Katherine McIntire Peters

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A number of new — and returning — people to the government IT press.

Government Executive’s tech site, NextGov, has a new editor: Katherine McIntire Peters.

The DorobekINSIDER told you last month that Allan Holmes, who helped create NextGov, was leaving to join Bloomberg’s BGov. That led to a search for a replacement.

Government Executive editor in chief Tom Shoop today announced that GovExec veteran Katherine McIntire Peters will be taking that post. NextGov is also adding Charlie Clark as a senior correspondent. Clark has been everywhere from National Journal to the Post to CQ. He’ll work across Government Executive and Nextgov.

It comes as the 1105 Government Information Group has tapped veterans for some key spots. Earlier this year, David Rapp, who had served as the 1105 Government Information Group editorial director and editor of FCW, also joined Bloomberg’s BGov. And Wyatt Kash, the long time editor of Government Computer News, was shifted to focus on events such as FOSE. 1105 Government Information Group president Anne Armstrong recently named Paul McCloskey as the editor of Government Computer News and John S. Monroe as the editor of Federal Computer Week. McCloskey and Monroe are veterans of the government IT market — and FCW.

Below, you can read Shoop’s note to staff about Peters and Clark…


I’m very pleased to announce that we have a new editor for Nextgov, and even more pleased to report that while we searched far and wide, ultimately we found her right within our walls.

Katherine Peters has agreed to take the reins at Nextgov, effective at the beginning of 2011. As many of you know, Katherine has been with us for 15 years, and is our senior correspondent covering Defense Department management issues and federal agencies’ use and oversight of energy. She has been pinch-hitting as an editor since October, and during that time, under her leadership and that of our other experienced editors, Nextgov has continued to lead the way in breaking major federal IT stories and providing insightful analysis. Just as important, Katherine has immediately gained the respect and admiration of the staff. That’s no surprise, because she has excelled at every challenge we’ve put in front of her for all these years, and is quite simply one of the most talented writers and editors in the business today. Before joining us, she gained experience as an associate editor at Army Times and as a writer and technical editor at both IDC Washington and EDS. We’re fortunate she’s eager to take on this new challenge, and I have every confidence she’ll take Nextgov to new heights.

Luckily, we won’t have to wait to find a replacement for Katherine as senior correspondent. That position will be filled by Charlie Clark, who has been working with us on a temporary basis for the past couple of months. Charlie brings a wealth of experience to the job, having previously worked as a managing editor at National Journal, an editorial writer and copy editor at the Washington Post, a staff writer at Congressional Quarterly, and editor of Tax Notes Today at Tax Analysts. He’ll be doing a mix of editing and writing across a variety of subjects.

As Katherine and Charlie get settled in their new roles, we’ll continue to look for another talented journalist to fill the staff correspondent slot we still have open.

Please join me in congratulating Katherine and welcoming Charlie to the team.


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December 17, 2010 at 5:33 PM

DorobekINSIDER: Deltek buys market research firm INPUT for $60 million

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There have been all sorts or rumors and speculation flying around about the future of market research firm INPUT, including some rather embarrassing “reporting” where organizations merely quoted — and not completely accurately — somebody else seemingly without any knowledge or even actual reporting.

But the sale, which the DorobekINSIDER told you about earlier this year, is now official — Deltek, which had been in the rumor mill for days, is buying market research firm INPUT for $60 million in an all cash transaction.

Deltek provides government contracting solutions and owns govWin. Washington Technology says that “Deltek focused on the back-office accounting.”

UPDATE: Deltek President and CEO Kevin Parker will join us this afternoon on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s DorobekINSIDER to talk about the INPUT deal.

The price tag is higher than anybody expected. Some bidders balked at the original $50 million asking price, so this represents a big bet by Deltek that they can create a real market leader offering a suite of services that Washington Management Group’s FedSources cannot. It is going to be interesting to watch.

We hear that Bloomberg was a bidder at one point. Bloomberg is making a big push into the government market with Bloomberg Government, or BGov. They are hiring hundreds of reporters, including the recent hire of Nextgov’s Allan Holmes to lead their technology coverage.  They could also be a competitor for these dollars.

Most of the other INPUT bidders were private equity firms, we hear.

1105 Media, which owns Federal Computer Week and Government Computer News, was not allowed to bid, we hear. 1105’s Neil Vitale has said previously that he was interested in a market research firm, but — my speculation without having spoken to him or anybody from 1105 — I don’t imagine he would have been willing to pay $60 million.

Here is the release from Deltek:

Deltek to Acquire INPUT to Power the Complete Government Contracting Value Chain

Together, Deltek and INPUT offer the only solution that manages and streamlines the entire government contracting value chain – from opportunity identification and capture management, to successful project initiation and execution; combination also creates the industry’s largest government contracting network

HERNDON, VA – September 30, 2010 – Deltek, Inc. (Nasdaq: PROJ), the leading provider of enterprise applications software and solutions for project-focused businesses, today announced that it will acquire INPUT, Inc. for $60 million in an all cash transaction.  The transaction is expected to close on October 1st, 2010.

The addition of INPUT’s industry-leading opportunity intelligence and business development capabilities to Deltek’s comprehensive portfolio of government contracting solutions and its govWin network expands Deltek’s product offerings to manage all facets of the government contracting value chain from opportunity identification to project delivery.

Based in Reston, VA, INPUT has nearly 200 employees and had revenues of $26.2 million for 2009 –an increase of 13% from 2008.  With more than 2,100 customers, INPUT enables companies to successfully identify and develop new business opportunities with federal, state and local government and other public sector organizations.  Many of the largest government contractors and agencies rely on INPUT for the latest and most comprehensive opportunity database and market research information.  INPUT powers an active network of over 30,000 members that collaborate on federal, state and local government opportunities, develop teaming relationships and win new business.

Deltek and INPUT Offer Unmatched Solutions for Government Contractors
With over 60 years of combined experience, Deltek and INPUT will provide the broadest and most comprehensive range of technology solutions, specialized content and services all focused on meeting the unique needs of government contractors including:

·         Delivering comprehensive enterprise software solutions that power the entire government contracting value chain – Deltek is the gold standard solution to manage and streamline the project execution and critical financial management processes of its customers.  By leveraging valuable, time sensitive content from INPUT, Deltek now will offer game-changing business development solutions such as opportunity information and identification, pipeline development, and capture and proposal management that complement Deltek’s project initiation, project execution and delivery, and financial management  capabilities to power the complete government contracting value chain.

·         Creating the largest online business development network in the world exclusively for government contractors, containing more than $500 billion in active government contracting opportunities – By combining the marquee lists of government contractors that are members of INPUT and Deltek’s govWin networks, Deltek creates the world’s largest online government contractor network exclusively dedicated to winning more government business.  The combined networks represent more than 45,000 participating individuals and over $500 billion in active government contracting opportunities.  The massive network delivers all of the tools that participants need to win business – including cutting-edge task order management capabilities – and will empower network members to identify, pursue, and win federal, state and local government contracts.

·         Providing the industry’s broadest and deepest actionable intelligence on the government marketplace – With more than 60 years of combined experience and thousands of customers across the government contracting landscape, both Deltek and INPUT have unparalleled knowledge and expertise about what is happening across this ever-changing industry.  Combining Deltek’s landmark GovCon Clarity reports that analyze financial management, project management and best practices, with INPUT’s comprehensive government market analysis and insight reports, Deltek will offer deep, actionable intelligence that helps government contractors navigate their dynamic industry and develop strategies for continued growth and future success.

“Deltek has a well-earned reputation for consistently delivering innovative, industry-focused solutions to government contractors and professional services firms worldwide,” said Mike Fauscette, Group Vice President of Software Business Solutions for IDC.  “While Deltek has long offered extremely broad and deep enterprise software solutions that have helped contractors streamline the back-office and drive compliance, its strategic move to acquire INPUT to deliver differentiated business development solutions and time sensitive intelligence and content as well sets Deltek apart in the marketplace today.  INPUT’s capabilities are a great complement to Deltek’s existing enterprise applications, and the combination of INPUT and govWin is yet another compelling reason for government contractors to leverage Deltek’s network to grow their businesses.”

“Our entire INPUT team is extremely proud of the great company that we have collectively built over the years,” said Peter Cunningham, Chairman of INPUT.  “Our services provide a unique combination of content and context (software). This is the direction for the information services industry in the 21st century, and we are ahead of the game.  The combination of INPUT with Deltek makes for a perfect match to accelerate our growth and commitment to our members.  Deltek’s enterprise software capability, industry expertise, and customer list are completely synergistic with INPUT’s capabilities and customer base, creating a combined organization that no competitor can match.  Our association with Deltek will provide a wonderful opportunity for our 2,100 member organizations to get increased value from our services and for our staff to have an almost unlimited career growth opportunity.  I cannot imagine us finding a finer and more appropriate partner to carry out our mission.”

“Acquiring a market leader like INPUT is a landmark move for Deltek,” said Kevin Parker, President and CEO of Deltek. “We are fully committed to investing in INPUT to expand its offerings, deliver new capabilities, and ensure that its customers continue to receive tremendous value from its products and services.  We also look forward to combining INPUT’s world-class business development and market research capabilities with our existing solutions.  Together, we are now powering the entire government contracting value chain, while providing our customers with the timely, data-driven market research they need to navigate their way to success.  This move solidifies Deltek’s standing as the premier government contracting solutions provider and thought leader in the market today.”

INPUT is the authority on government business. Established in 1974, INPUT helps companies develop federal, state, and local government business and helps public sector organizations achieve their objectives. More than 2,100 member organizations, including small specialized companies, new entrants to the public sector, and the largest government contractors and agencies, rely on INPUT for the latest and most comprehensive procurement and market information, consulting, a 30,000 strong teaming network, powerful sales management tools, and educational and networking events.  For more information about INPUT, visit or call 703-707-3500.

About Deltek
Deltek (Nasdaq: PROJ) is the leading global provider of enterprise applications software and solutions designed specifically for project-focused businesses and professional services firms globally.  For nearly three decades, we have enabled government contractors and professional services firms to automate mission-critical business processes around the engagement, execution and delivery of projects. Over 13,000 customers use our solutions to measure business results, optimize performance, streamline operations and win new business. For more information, visit

Deltek also offers govWin, an online community dedicated to solving common business problems for government contractors. The govWin network delivers unique and specialized content, offers innovative matching capabilities to establish and manage teaming opportunities, and provides applications to identify, pursue, and win government contracts. Over 15,000 registered members, prime contractors, and small businesses are part of the govWin community. For more information, visit
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September 30, 2010 at 7:40 AM

DorobekINSIDER: NextGov’s Allan Holmes nabbed by Bloomberg’s BGov

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In something of a coup — Bloomberg’s BGov, the mysterious government focused site by the financial news giant, has hired one of the best tech editors. Allan Holmes, who led and created NextGov for Atlantic Media’s Government Executive Media Group, is leaving to join Bloomberg.

Holmes had worked for IDG’s CIO magazine and served as the editor in chief of Federal Computer Week — and he hired me to join FCW, by way of transparency.

Holmes has earned praise for leading NextGov from its inception. NextGov was a brilliant idea — giving Government Executive a part of the lucrative government technology ad market. The idea has evolved, but Holmes is credited with building a team of stellar reporters — among them Bob Brewin covering the Defense Department and Aliya Sternstein, who covers open government issues… among others.

As Government Executive Group President Tim Hartman said in his note, Holmes leaves big shoes to fill.

It is also an indication that Bloomberg is taking the government market seriously. While not much is known about bGov, Bloomberg bought Eagle Eye Publishing earlier this year… and they have been rumored to be occasional bidders for market research firm Input. (They were in the bidding, but pulled out because of the high price. Input is said to been trying to entice Bloomberg back into the bidding.) Bloomberg is also looking to hire scores of people.

Clearly something worth watching.

Here is Hartman’s note to staff earlier today:

From: Hartman, Tim
Subject: A Nextgov Announcement


I write to you bearing sad news today: Allan Holmes will be leaving the helm of to pursue an opportunity with Bloomberg’s BGov.

Allan departs after years of groundbreaking work with us.  Allan rejoined Government Executive in 2007 for his second stint with us, promoting the idea that the federal agency leaders and technologists needed a web site that addressed their common challenges.  A year later, Nextgov was born, and it was an immediate success.  Under Allan’s leadership, Nextgov has grown to become the number one federal technology web site in traffic, and is now the definitive voice in federal technology.

Unfortunately, Allan’s entrepreneurial spirit now takes him to BGov, where he will work to define their new technology product.  We wish Allan well in his new role, and will find time in the coming weeks to celebrate his work with us.

Allan leaves some big shoes to fill, and we have begun an immediate search for a new leader for Nextgov.  Nextgov’s success is due to Allan’s emphasis on quality journalism, innovation, and metabolism.  We now seek candidates who embody these traits.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Tim Hartman
General Manager
Government Executive Media Group

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September 13, 2010 at 1:39 PM

DorobekINSIDER media notes: WTOP/Federal News Radio hires 1105’s Chris Bridgham

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I actually got scooped for news within my own organization. I just learned that WTOP/Federal News Radio 1500 AM has added Chris Bridgham to it’s sales team. Bridgham has been working at the 1105 Government Information Group.

The announcement from Ralph Renzi, WTOP/Federal News Radio’s director of federal sales:

Please join me in welcoming Chris Bridgham to the Bonneville DC Team!

Chris has more than 18 years of successful selling experience in advertising sales with…

–  IT business-to-government
–  IT business-to-business
–  Consumer publications
–  Trade show organizers
–  Professional advertising agencies and consulting firms

He has held positions as Media Consultant, National Accounts Manager, District Sales Manager, Regional Sales Manager, Territory Manager, Regional Advertising Director and Account  Representative.

The last 12 years he has been with 1105 Government Information Group and Post Newsweek Tech Media Group.

Chris has a very strong understanding of government marketing and overall market opportunities… He has been recognized for various sales achievements over the years and most recently was a part of the “2010 Sales Team of the Year” presented by the min’s B2B.

Chris is originally from New England, but grew up locally in Bowie, Md.  He will also be cheering on the Terps as he is a graduate of the University of Maryland…

We look forward to having Chris’s solid knowledge and experience on our team.

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July 14, 2010 at 6:36 PM

DorobekINSIDER: The 2010 Fed 100 Awards Gala: Eagle winners, and I blush

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Last night was Federal Computer Week’s 20th annual Federal 100 Awards Gala recognizing the 100 people who have made a difference in government IT in the past year. You can read the profiles of the winners from FCW here… and the full list here — including (blush) the DorobekINSIDER.

In my humble opinion, Federal Computer Week’s annual Federal 100 awards program is one of the most prestigious awards program in the government IT market. That is in part based on the fact that, as the former editor in chief at Federal Computer Week, I got to see how the process works — and it is tough. In fact, it is more competitive then you can imagine. One year, we had a judge who specifically asked to be a judge after winning the award a number of times. (Judges cannot win the Fed 100 award.) And that person, after being a judge, exclaimed, ‘Wow! I have new found respect for this process.’ And he went home and polished his awards, which were all given for well deserved work.

The 2010 Fed 100 winners are a distinguished group. There are people who are almost obvious — federal CIO Vivek Kundra, Roger Baker, the CIO at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Beth Noveck, the deputy chief technology officer who has led the open government initiative. And then there are the less well known yet still equally remarkable — NASA’s Emma Attunes, EPA’s Jeffrey Levy, Craiglist founder Craig Newmark and Sunlight Lab’s Clay Johnson.

Each year, FCW and the 1105 Government Information Group selects two people — one government, one industry — as the firsts among equals. Those two people are given FCW’s Eagle Award. These are the two people who have gone above and beyond among those who have gone above and beyond.

The 2010 government Eagle Award winner is Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency.

An excerpt of why he was recognized:

Alexander has consolidated the cyber mission planning and execution commands that support all 10 combatant commanders, and he helped oversee the development of a comprehensive, integrated and joint specializedcyber technical training course at Naval Air Station Pensacola. In addition, he has been nominated to lead the Defense Department’s newCyber Command.

Read the full write-up here.

The 2010 industry Eagle Award winner is Robert “Bob” Dix, Vice President of Government Affairs for Juniper Networks.

An excerpt from his write up:

Dix is active in a number of collaborative government and industry efforts, including the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and the Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security.

He also helped develop the National Cyber Incident Response Plan and assisted in creating scenarios for Cyber Storm III, a national cyber threat exercise scheduled for September.

Read his full write-up here.

Again, you can read all the profiles of the winners here… and the more in-depth profiles of several of the winners here.

I have to just make one note because, in fact, I was also a 2010 Fed 100 winner. In fact, I believe I am the first working journalist to win this prestigious award. (Anne Armstrong, the president of the 1105 Government Information Group and former long-time editor in chief ofFCW, was a Fed 100 winner, but I believe she was recognized for her work at Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology. I know she will correct me if I’m wrong.)

Regardless, getting such an award for a journalist can be seen as double edged sword — it is an enormous respect because, as I say, I have seen the process and I know how tough it is. But it can also raise the question: Does winning this kind of award mean that I’m not being tough enough? I don’t think so — and I was shocked and in awe of the recognition.

Being a journalist in this kind of community — and this is a community — it can be complex because our readers and our listeners are also our sources. And we depend on them. And I think you all depend on us. Yet the role of journalism is, in a way, the quest for The Truth. As the information age has evolved, finding The Truth can be difficult because it really depends on the data you have in front of you. So the role of journalism has evolved — we parse the data to tell you the information you need to help you make your assessment of The Truth. And that has been my goal: To provide you with information that helps you do you job better — that helps government operate better.

I tell the people who I will be covering regularly, I cannot promise they will always like everything I write — or say — but that I will bend into pretzel shapes to treat them fairly. Part of the quest for The Truth is asking questions. Throughout my career, I have sought to do it in a way thatisn ‘t punitive. Generally, I’m not a fan of “got ya'” stories because too often they simply don’t result in the desired change. So I get to talk about things that work — and things that don’t — in a way where we all learn lessons.

So this is very special — coming from people like Evans, the former de facto federal CIO… people like Dave Wennergren, the Defense Department deputy CIO… people like Martha Dorris, the Associate Administrator for GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Communications… Michael Howell, the deputy CIO at the Office of Management and Budget… HUD CIO Jerry Williams… and the entire team of judges. Honestly, I’m honored and humbled.

All of that being said, this is a community — a community of people who are generally very smart and very passionate about what they do. And I am honored — and humbled… And I’m thrilled get to do what I love to do.

I also want to give a special thanks to two people: Marty Wagner. The way that this community came out in support of Wagner following his Fourth of July 2007 accident is still just remarkable to me. It was such a real demonstration of this community. Wagner has come a long way from the days following the accident. He is a remarkable person — during his government career, he was somebody who was able to disagree without ever being disagreeable. He was able to push people to think “outside the box.” And in many way, he is my model.

The other is Anne Armstrong — the entire team from 1105 Media including FCW Editor in Chief David Rapp… and, of course, John S. Monroe, who, in so many ways, is the heart and soul of Federal Computer Week. But in particular, I want to thank Armstrong because she has been such a mentor for me — she named me to be the editor in chief of Federal Computer Week, but she also is passionate about this market. And in many ways,  my selection in particular has to have been SO difficult. The fact is that the Fed 100 are people really are the decision of a panel of expert judges — and they take the challenge very seriously. FCW editors don’t decide, but they can suggest. But to give such an award to a journalist — and a journalist at another organization — it says volumes about the real objectivity of these awards.

And, of course, thanks to Team Federal News Radio, who give me the opportunity to have so much fun doing this job each and every day.

So… with that… photos from the 2010 Federal 100 Awards Gala from last week.

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March 29, 2010 at 1:20 PM

DorobekInsider: NYT covers concern over Scientology’s buy of Governing

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The NYT this morning as a story about the announcement last week that e.Republic Media, the parent company of Government Technology, was going to buy Governing magazine — and the NYT focuses on the fact that e.Republic’s “top management are Scientologists.”

It’s interesting because the general perception out there is that e.Republic is owned by the Church of Scientology, but the NYT only makes reference to the top management being Scientologists.

In my note on Friday, I did not mention the Scientology connection. I probably should have but, in my reading of Government Technology over the years, I have never noticed any influence, to be honest. But theNYT links to a 2001 article in the Sacramento News and Review, an independent weekly, about e.Republic that said, among other things, that e.Republic’s staff were required to read a book on management called “Speaking From Experience,” written by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.

Some highlights of the NYT story, headlined Concern at Governing Magazine Over Its Sale to Scientologists:

“There is concern,” [said Peter Harkness, who founded Governing in 1987 and who came out of retirement in August to serve as publisher during the sale process]. “Unquestionably, there is concern.”

Mr. Harkness said that a recent allegation of religious bias at The Washington Times, which is owned by the Unification Church, has exacerbated anxiety amongGoverning’s staff. The opinion editor of The Washington Times recently filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying he was coerced to attend an event hosted by the Unification Church, according to The Associated Press. The founder of The Washington Times is the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, also the founder of the church.

Other details:

Of [Governing]’s 27 employees, 12 were kept on, nine were let go immediately and six others were asked to stay on in transitional roles.

Mr. Corty, the St. Petersburg executive who led the sale, said he was in a no-win situation: if he didn’t sell to e.Republic, which offered the highest bid out of six contenders, he would have been accused of discrimination.

“I felt I would have been criticized either way,” he said.

As I said earlier, I have always been impressed by Government Technology. It is one of my favorite reads. It is one of the most handsome publications out there, but it is also interesting to read and I almost always learn something, which is one of my criteria for publications. And I, personally, have never seen any Scientology link. Of course, I’m not exactly sure how that would present itself.

And a transparency note: Federal News Radio 1500 AM is owned by Bonneville Communications, which is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, better known as the Mormons. That being said, the church has never influenced anything that we have done. To the contrary, they have shown great farsightedness in trying something very novel — the creation and ongoing expansion of Federal News Radio, which is the first radio station that I know of to move from an online platform to a major market radio frequency.

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November 23, 2009 at 9:49 AM

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DorobekInsider: BREAKING – Government Technology parent buys Governing magazine

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The parent of Government Technology, e.Republic Media, has bought Governing magazine.

The quick history: Governing, owned by the Times Publishing Company, was part of CQ. And Congressional Quarterly was purchased by The Economist Group’s Roll Call earlier this year — but Governing magazine was not part of that deal. So Governing was re-put up for sale.

There were a number of potential bidders — Government Executive’s owner, Atlantic Media was eying it but withdrew early… Federal Computer Week publisher 1105 Media was also said to be in the bidding. The idea behind that bid is that it would give 1105 a foothold in the state and local market making the suite of publications a very efficient way to reach the government market.

The e.Republic buy is also interesting. While Government Technology is, as the name implies, more tech focused, Governing is more executive focused and could be a powerful combination for the state and local government market. It could provide e.Republic with a basis for broadening into the federal market.

From the release from Paul Harney, Chief Operating Officer for e.Republic, a California-based media company:

“Combined, the two organizations create the largest media firm providing news, research and analysis of the $2.9 trillion state and local government market.”

That being said, insiders say that a large percentage of the people at Governing are being let go today.

All of that being said, I have to say that I find Government Technology to be one of my favorite publications out there. It is well written, well edited and well crafted — and there is almost always something in the publication that makes me think. So I will be fascinated to see how Governing evolves.

UPDATE: B-to-B has posted a story:

In addition to Governing, which has a circulation of 85,000 and reaches top state and local government officials, the deal includes the Governing Web site and the Public Official of the Year event.

Here is the release:

e.Republic Acquires Governing Magazine
Governing joins Government TechnologyTo Create Powerful Combination

e.Republic today announced it has agreed to acquire Governing from the Times Publishing Company “We are very pleased to welcome Governing to e.Republic,” said PaulHarney , Chief Operating Officer for the California-based media company. “Our flagship Government Technology magazine has published alongside Governing for over 20 years, and we have a high regard forGoverning’s long history of editorial excellence,” Harney said.

“Combined, the two organizations create the largest media firm providing news, research and analysis of the $2.9 trillion state and local government market.”

“The Times Publishing Company takes great pride in Governing, which we nurtured from its inception 22 years ago into the powerful brand it is today,” said Andrew Corty, corporate vice president. “As part of this combination, Governing has a bright future educating and informing its senior-level readership across the nation.”

Governing will remain in its current offices on Connecticut Avenue in downtown Washington, D.C., under the leadership of its publisher Fred Kuhn, though some operations will be combined with similar functions at e.Republic. “Our intention is to retain the current array of products including the award-winning magazine, the web site and well-known events, including the Public Official of the Year awards banquet,”Harney said.
Each company has long and deep experience in chronicling how the public’s business gets done in states and localities. Stemming from its long affiliation with Congressional Quarterly, Governing’s focus is on providing factual, unbiased coverage on public policy, management and what federal actions mean for cities, counties and states.

Headquartered in Sacramento, California, e.Republic has focused on the role technology plays in government transformation. An innovative media firm with award winning magazines and web sites, e.Republic is also home to the Center for Digital Government, a highly regarded research organization providing real-time intelligence and analysis on technology deployment and trends in state and local government.

“Governing plays an important role in informing and connecting America’s state and local leaders,” said Dennis McKenna, President and CEO of e.Republic. “Given the unprecedented challenges facing the country – growing unemployment, economic recession, failing infrastructure,healthcare reform, and energy insecurity – and on the eve of an important election year in states and localities, there has never been a more vital time for Governing.”

Governing was represented by The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc., a New York Citybased investment bank that specializes in the media, information, marketing services and related technology industries.

Both companies have approved the transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday.

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November 20, 2009 at 12:22 PM

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DorobekInsider: New sales hires for Federal News Radio 1500 AM and WTOP radio

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Federal News Radio 1500 AM and WTOP radio have two new sales executives — starting soon — and one has extensive experience in the federal experience.

Chris Forest, who has worked with Starbridge Media Group and the former PostNewsweek Tech Media (now part of 1105 Media Government Information Group), so he has a lot of experience in the federal market.

Here is the note that WFED/WTOP sales manager Ralph Renzi, sales manager for Federal News Radio 1500 AM and WTOP, sent out to staff:

Chris currently works with Starbridge Media Group as Senior Director of Sales. He has gained extensive “Federal” sales experience through positions with GovernmentVAR Magazine, Post Newsweek Tech Media (now 1105, GCN, and Washington Technology), and INPUT.

Chris graduated from The University of Richmond. He now lives in Northern Virginia. Chris and his wife have three children. And just like others in the building he is involved in coaching Little League and youth basketball.

Chris was highly recommended to us and is excited to contribute to our sales efforts.

Forest starts next week.

Also joining us on Dec. 1 is Allyson Cochran. Again, Renzi’s note to staff:

Please join me in welcoming Allyson Cochran to be our Sales Associate starting December 1st 2009.

Allyson joins us from the Food and Drug Administration where she was most recently involved in developing internal marketing and promotion strategies. In addition to her efforts in logo and brand awareness development for the groundbreaking Computational Science Center Initiative, Allyson played a significant role in the introduction of social networking software to the FDA.

In May, Allyson graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with a degree in Business Administration in Marketing. While at UGA, Allyson was a member of the women’s lacrosse team, a brother of the Delta Sigma Pi Coed Professional Business Fraternity, and a Presidential Scholar during her final two semesters.

Allyson describes herself as “having a borderline obsessive passion for sports”. Her favorite teams are, the Baltimore Ravens and of course, the University of Georgia Bulldogs! Since returning to the Washington, DC area, Allyson keeps active in her community through volunteer coaching of anOBGC youth girls basketball team.

Allyson is an enthusiastic individual who is ready for the radio sales challenge at WTOP/WFED. Her competitive spirit, experience, and drive will contribute to our overall team success.


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November 13, 2009 at 5:58 PM

DorobekInsider: GovExec exec Matt Dunie exits… and media notes

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Matt Dunie, who joined Government Executive as general manager back in April… and was then promoted to be president of the group over the Fourth of July week, has left the organization after only six months, the DorobekInsider has learned.

Details are sparse at the moment… and the departure has raised all kinds of questions… for example, why did Dunnie leave? What does this mean for Government Executive Media, which includes Government Executive magazine, and, the up-start government IT Web site. Government Executive, of course, is owned by David Bradley, the chairman of Atlantic Media Company. Bradley, of course, is extremely influential and is widely respected.

As I say, we don’t know much officially. Unlike when Dunie joined Government Executive last April or was promoted over the summer, there was no press release announcing his departure — or, frankly, who was taking over. In fact, Dunie’s bio is still listed among Atlantic Media’s leadership team on their Web site.

What people have been told is that Dunie was brought in to come up with a strategy for Government Executive — and that he did that and that he has a management team in place to carry out that strategy. Again, I don’t have anything to quote because there wasn’t even an internal e-mail sent around, I’m told.

That official cause seems to stretch credulity. With all due respect for Dunie’s skills — and I met with him several times and he seemed very smart — it seems difficult to believe that somebody with no prior experience in the government market was able to so alter Government Executive’s strategy in six months.

Dunie’s departure would seem to be good for Steve Vito, who was the leader at Government Executive. GovExec had left many people scratching their heads when Bradley hired Dunie as, essentially, Vito’s boss — and then Vito was shifted to a “strategic” role. Insiders say that Vito has told Bradley that he is not interested in going back in time. Vito currently works part-time for Government Executive.

So these changes could spur some changes within Government Executive — and, essentially, a new senior leadership team for the media organization.

They could, of course, put out a search to fill that post, but it is a very unique skill set. (Just ask the folks over at the 1105 Government Information Group, which went through an exhaustive search to find a group publisher before hiring Jennifer Weiss this summer.) There are only a handful of people who have a publishing background and have knowledge of this market, which is unique and takes a long time to know and learn.

And these are challenging times for publishers — even in this market. Government Executive seems unusually well positioned, thanks largely to decisions made by Vito who has made a conscience effort to reduce the organization’s dependence on print — and thereby have created new revenue streams from online, including creating NextGov, a whole Web site focusing on government technology. Yet publishers have to be very agile these days — and so it will be interesting to see who Bradley taps to lead Government Executive.

Eying Governing magazine

A few other publishing notes… First, apparently Atlantic Media/Government Executive have decided not to bid for Governing magazine. We told you about parts of the Governing story this earlier, but… Governing was owned by Congressional Quarterly. When The Economic Group’s Roll Call brought CQ, they did not buy Governing, a somewhat sleepy publication that covers the government state and local market. And so… Governing has been shopped around. Word is that Atlantic Media/Government Executive have decided that… well, the price wasn’t right. It is unclear who else might be bidding — Neal Vitale of 1105 Media is believe to be interested and, in fact, sent 1105 staff an e-mail recently saying that despite 20 percent salary cuts, the company could still buy properties — if the price is right. The question: Is the price right? Vitale is known for seeking good deals, but we hear there is a steep price tag on a publication that doesn’t make much money. That being said, 1105 has been interested in having a foothold in the government state and local market, which is overwhelmingly dominated by eRepublic‘s Government Technology. But if 1105 were to buy Governing, they could make a cogent argument that they are the most efficient way to reach the government market — at all levels.

Frankly, I haven’t heard about other bidders.

Editor’s note: Post updated to correct the spelling of Matt Dunie’s name.

Written by cdorobek

October 15, 2009 at 7:26 AM

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DorobekInsider: 1105 GovInfo names government IT vet Weiss as group publisher

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We have been hearing that she was in Falls Church, VA but that the official announcement hadn’t been made yet — it’s official now… 1105 GovInfo president Anne Armstrong has named Jennifer Weiss as vice president and group president. (Actually, Armstrong broke it on her blog.)

Weiss is a veteran of the government IT market. She worked for Government Computer News back when I was there way back in the day. She since went on to other non-government IT groups, but… she is back at it.

Weiss replaces Evilee Ebb, who left that post to join TechTarget… before that, the job was held by Jeff Calore, the publisher at Hanley Wood Business Media and previously served as 1105 GovInfo’s general manager. And she is married to Larry Rosenfeld, the co-founder and chief executive offier of Sage Communications. (Sage recently announced a merger with JDG Communications.)

The release from 1105 Media:

Jennifer Weiss Joins 1105 as VP, Group Publisher

(FALLS CHURCH, VA., August 11, 2009) — 1105 Government Information Group, a division of 1105 Media, Inc., announced that Jennifer Weiss is joining the company as Vice President, Group Publisher. She will be responsible for all print and online activities for Defense Systems, Federal Computer Week, Government Computer News (GCN), Washington Technology, Security Products, Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S), and Environmental Protection.

“We are very pleased that a knowledgeable and energetic publishing executive, with roots in the government market, will be joining our team,” said Anne A. Armstrong, President of 1105 Government Information Group. “Jennifer has deep experience in managing integrated media platforms and in adapting traditional publishing products to the new interactive, online marketplace.”

Weiss comes to 1105 after seven years at SourceMedia (formerly Thomson Media), rising from managing the insurance publications and products to serving as Vice President and Group Publisher of the Investment Advisor Group, which includes Financial Planning, On Wall Street, and Bank Investment Consultant magazines. During her time at SourceMedia, she worked to develop the custom business and to build their online business through webinars and other e-products.

Early in her career, Weiss spent six years at GCN, when it was part of Post Newsweek Tech Media, as District Sales Manager and later as National Sales Director of GCN State and Local magazine.

“I’m very excited about returning to the government market and being a part of these leading brands,“ said Weiss. “Technology has never been a more important contributor to the mission of government. I’m also looking forward to working closely with our partners to help them develop innovative and successful marketing programs.”

Written by cdorobek

August 11, 2009 at 3:15 PM

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