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

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 editor...

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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