June 22, 2021
The annual Washington Technology Top 100 can be looked at in several ways. If you focus primarily on the rankings, you might think the government contracting market is stagnant. After all, only eight new companies joined the list this year. Only two new companies cracked the top 20.
But that stability belies the great amount of churn that there is under the surface. You might stay within a spot or two of the same ranking from year to year, but to stay there requires embracing constant change. But if you want to talk about change in the Top 100, just look at No. 9 Peraton. They were ranked No. 42 last year but vaulted up the list through a pair of large acquisitions — the Northrop Grumman IT services business and Perspecta.
My expectation is that next year, they could be ranked higher as the reports into the Federal Data Procurement System become better attributed to Peraton.