GOP Technology Powerhouse eMerges Behind Firewalls on the Hill

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  • Posted on: 9 January 2009
  • By: luaptifer

[Notice to Readers - 1/11/2009: Please check back soon for an update.  - luaptifer]

The world of Republican government IT solutions is changing as dramatically as the Party itself. 

The November 2008 rout of Republicans followed eight years of ever-expanding mismanagement of the Bush White House.   Few would have imagined the global magnitude of its fallout but trendsetters at two very competent top-tier GOP tech companies led the political technology market's new wave of consolidation by merging GovTech Solutions, L.L.C. (Richfield, Ohio) and GSL Solutions, Inc. (Tampa, Florida) just a month earlier. 

Already powerful among the GOP's network insiders, GovTech visionary Mike Connell was ready to rule when the newly minted HillTop Content Management System (CMS) would "create a dominating force on Capitol Hill".   But a horrible year for Republicans turned into Connell family tragedy when HillTop lost its architect and the GOP's Internet pioneer in a December 19 aviation accident.

On January 5, this week, Michael Gaines, President of GSL Solutions, announced that the merged company will go forward and using the GSL banner.  GovTech Solutions' home page, now titled "GSL Solutions and GovTech Solutions Have Merged," is simply adorned with links to the new website, www.hilltopcms.com, and a form for contributions to benefit education of the four Connell children.  The Mike Connell Scholarship Fund page powered by Edonation.com, is managed by Connell-Donatelli partner, Becki Donatelli.

Whether former GovTech Solutions partner Thomas J. Synhorst (CEO of DCI Group, L.L.C.) has a stake in the new company is unknown.

Consolidation of the two Republican powerhouses into one establishes a provider of Internet technology solutions and services for an unparalleled stable of the GOP's elected Washington clients.  Their histories on Capitol Hill have, for nearly a decade, permeated the IT networks of the Senate, the House of Representatives, the White House, and a stunning array of Executive Agency and Congressional Committees. 

A combined portfolio of almost 90 House and Senate clients means GSL's technology is behind well more than 10 percent of America's legislature.

And they're not only Republicans since GovTech's mark is still embedded in bipartisan Committee websites like the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  GSL Solutions keeps House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers' member website refreshed after GovTech Solutions had managed the Judiciary Committee site for years.

With the GOP currently uncertain of its future direction, the savvy observer will keep an eye on GSL's present work. 

Until the next installment, some of Mike Connell's history bridging the dot gov firewall can be considered on A Trail of Questions At the End of the Road.

 

Comments

OK, I'm not a conspiracy theorist. I really try to stay fact based. I spend a lot of my time convincing lefty friends that buildings collapse when their steel gets hot enough to bend.

But in this case, even my favorite reality based blogger, Scott Horton, pointed out:

As the time comes for the National Archives to take possession of Bush’s paper record, they find that millions of documents have mysteriously vanished, much of this the work of a cyber-conspiracy with the Republican Party organized by an IT consultant who just died in a private plane crash after expressing fear that his plane would be sabotaged.

We are living in an interminable succession of absurdities imposed by the myopic logic of short-term thinking.—Jacques-Yves Cousteau

the convergence of coincidental events amid the most corrupt and criminal Administration in the history of our nation is unfortunate, because it tends to play down things -- like the intentional circumvention of the WH Records Act -- that truly are part of a real, live conspiracy.

Whether the "accident" was an accident or not, it was highly convenient for the GOP, and came at just the right time.

could have aligned with political and legal events in ways much more likely to beg your question. 

In the absence of more information, external conditions were 'edgy', enough to seem at least part of the answer.  It was the reason he delayed departure.

The facts are still being unfolded, however, and as is true of this one, such events usually occur too far from recording devices that don't require interpretation.  Well, at least the NTSB's final analysis of on-board systems will take more time than will the conclusions of the general public.

Scott Horton does eloquence and bluntness, and does them both well.  From his first analysis in A Troubling Black Box Death,

Connell may very well have died as a result of an innocent accident, but the circumstances are such that some observers will never believe that. He will be viewed as “the man who knew too much.”

 

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"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government in a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson

Without papers, there's not much for history to remember. Just as well they leave nothing behind for future generations.