We founded Octo as a fresh alternative in the government consulting community. We are dedicated to the belief that results are a product of analytical thinking, agile design principles and solutions built in collaboration with, not for, our customers. This mantra drives us to succeed and act as true partners in advancing agency missions.

What makes Octo different?

Octo takes a different approach to federal consulting. Watch our latest video and find out how we set ourselves apart!

Leadership

Mehul Sanghani
Chief Executive Officer
Bob McCord
President and Chief Operating Officer
Sujey Edward
Chief Technology Officer
Milan Patel
Chief Financial Officer
Jay Shah
Executive Vice President
Jim Vant
Executive Vice President
Naina Leo
SVP - Civilian Accounts
Tom Lee
SVP – National Security
Ethan Meurlin
VP - Proposal Management and BD Operations
Chris Greeney
VP - Defense Programs
David Kramer
VP - Management Consulting Solutions
Stacy Toth
VP - Contracts
Mehul Sanghani
Chief Executive Officer

Mehul Sanghani is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Octo. During the last decade he has built and grown the company around the foundational belief of meeting, exceeding, and advancing customer missions. With over 16 years of leading and delivering complex IT strategy and business transformation engagements for Global 100 corporations and federal government agencies, Mr. Sanghani has provided Octo with stellar leadership. Prior to founding Octo, Mr. Sanghani held senior leadership roles at Gartner. He sits on the Board of Visitors at his alma mater Virginia Tech University and he is a PMI-Certified Project Management Professional

Mehul Sanghani
Chief Executive Officer

Mehul Sanghani is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Octo. During the last decade he has built and grown the company around the foundational belief of meeting, exceeding, and advancing customer missions. With over 16 years of leading and delivering complex IT strategy and business transformation engagements for Global 100 corporations and federal government agencies, Mr. Sanghani has provided Octo with stellar leadership. Prior to founding Octo, Mr. Sanghani held senior leadership roles at Gartner. He sits on the Board of Visitors at his alma mater Virginia Tech University and he is a PMI-Certified Project Management Professional

Bob McCord
President and Chief Operating Officer

Bob McCord is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Octo where he oversees all operations, business development, and delivery activities across the firm to ensure that the company executes against its strategic vision. He has over 28 years of management and leadership experience in all facets of business development, proposal creation, capture planning, and operational management. Prior to joining Octo, Mr. McCord was the President and COO at Accentia and the 2020 Company. He has also held other senior leadership positions at SAIC, DynCorp, and IBM.

Sujey Edward
Chief Technology Officer

Sujey Edward is the Chief Technology Officer of Octo where he is responsible for focusing technical teams around disruptive technologies, lean software development, immersive user experiences, and scalable architectures delivered securely with a mission-first mentality. An early champion of the Agile movement, for nearly 20 years Mr. Edward’s has pushed clients towards disciplined disruption that revolutionizes underlying business processes in a controlled manner resulting in leaner, higher performing organizations. He previously worked at Salient CRGT where he managed a $100 million Agile portfolio. Prior to that, he held leadership positions at Advanced Technology Systems Corporation, Number 6 Software, and SAIC. He is a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, and a SAFe Agilist.

Milan Patel
Chief Financial Officer

Milan Patel has more than 25 years of experience working with companies of all sizes that specialize in the technology, government services, and the automotive industries. Milan brings to Octo extensive experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, business strategy and planning, infrastructure, organizational development, and controls, and compliance and audit. Milan previously served was Chief Financial Officer of 2020 Company, LLC, a premier professional services firm that delivered business and technology solutions to the Federal Government in the areas of health, education, and science. As 2020’s Chief Financial Officer he was responsible for all of the Company’s Finance & Administrative functions, and restructured the Company to position it for a successful exit. Since then, he has assumed consultative Chief Financial Officer roles with a number of small companies around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Milan earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Detroit, and a Master's in Biomedical Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Jay Shah
Executive Vice President

Mr. Shah is an Executive Vice President and leads the Health and Civilian Portfolio for Octo Consulting Group. He has over 16 years of consulting experience, supporting architecture and IT strategy engagements across multiple agencies within the U.S. Federal Government, with 10+ years experience supporting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As a member of the executive team, he is responsible for the delivery and growth of all of Octo’s Health-related work. Mr. Shah is ITIL certified, a PMI-certified PMP, and a Certified Scrum Master (CSM).

Jim Vant
Executive Vice President

Jim Vant is a Senior Vice President and leads the Defense and Intelligence Community Portfolio for Octo. He is responsible for delivery and growth for accounts such as the U.S. Army, U.S. Air National Guard, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency among others. He has over 20 years of experience leading complex information technology programs on behalf of public and private sector clients. Prior to joining Octo, Mr. Vant led client programs for other industry leading organizations including Gartner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and American Management Systems. He is a Certified Project Management Professional and is ITIL v3f certified.

Naina Leo
SVP - Civilian Accounts

Naina Leo is a Senior Vice President and leads the Civilian Portfolio for Octo. She is responsible for delivery and growth for accounts such as the General Services Administration, U.S. Patents and Trademark Office, and the U.S. Department of Education among others. She has over 25 years of experience working with the Federal Civilian and Health IT market helping customers transform their organizations using innovative technologies and business practices. Prior to joining Octo, Ms. Leo led client programs and accounts at other industry leading organizations including IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and American Management Systems. She is a Certified Government Financial Manager and serves on the Board of AFCEA Bethesda.

Tom Lee
SVP – National Security

Tom Lee is a Senior Vice President and leads the National Security Portfolio for Octo. He is responsible for the delivery and growth for accounts such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security among others. He has nearly 20 years of experience developing and delivering information technology and financial management solutions and services for both commercial and government clients. Prior to joining Octo, Mr. Lee held leadership positions at several companies serving the government community including PricewaterhouseCoopers, BearingPoint, and Acuity. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Scrum Master, Certified Project Management Professional, and is ITIL v3f certified.

Ethan Meurlin
VP - Proposal Management and BD Operations

Ethan Meurlin is a Vice President and leads all capture and proposal operations processes and activities for Octo. He has over 20 years of experience building Proposal Operations Centers from the ground up at small and mid-sized companies, and has driven process improvements within Proposal Operations Centers for large Federal contractors. Prior to joining Octo, Mr. Meurlin held leadership positions at companies such as Keane Federal Systems, Robbins-Gioia, and MetroStar Systems.

Chris Greeney
VP - Defense Programs

Chris Greeney is a Vice President and leads the U.S. Army Portfolio for Octo. He is responsible for the delivery and growth for all of the U.S. Army accounts. He has over 21 years of combined IT, C4I, and Management Consulting experience bringing solutions to CIO organizations and technology programs across the U.S. Federal Government and private sector. Prior to joining Octo, he was a Communications Officer in the U.S. Navy before leaving to join the private sector where he has held leadership positions at ICOR and Booz Allen Hamilton. Mr. Greeney is a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Project Management Professional, and is ITIL v3f certified.

David Kramer
VP - Management Consulting Solutions

David Kramer is a Vice President and leads the Management Consulting Solutions Portfolio fort Octo. He is responsible for delivery and growth for customers such as the U.S. Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service among others. He has over 17 years of technology and management consulting experience focusing primarily on large, complex, performance-based information technology acquisition efforts on behalf of Federal Civilian and Defense agencies. Prior to joining Octo, he held leadership positions at Gartner and A.T. Kearny. Mr. Kramer is a Certified Project Management Professional, Certified Scrum Master, SAFe Agilist, and is ITIL v3f certified.

Stacy Toth
VP - Contracts

Stacy Toth is a Vice President and leads the Contracts Division for Octo. She is responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s contractual matters, as well as developing service center infrastructure beyond the Contracts Department. She has over 17 years experience focused on scalable process and compliance in government contracting. She also serves in the company’s Engineering Process Group and serves as the company’s Small Business Liaison Officer and Corporate Compliance Ethics Officer. Prior to joining Octo, she held leadership positions at Accentia, Maximus, and 2020 Company. Ms. Toth is a Certified Project Management Professional and holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

News and Press

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News & PR
Awards
Octo In The News
October 23, 2017
Octo Consulting Wins $5.9M DOJ Contract For Agile Development

Octo Consulting has been awarded a $5.9 million contract to help the Justice Department in its pursuit of agile program management and better-leveraged IT.

Octo will work with DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs, Office of the Chief Information Officer, supporting the Program and Project Management Division. PPMD manages and promotes an IT development culture that reduces project costs and risks, better estimates staffing, projects costs and resource needs, and improves project quality, Octo said.

Read More
Press Release
October 25, 2017
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Taps Octo to Continue Driving Agile Transformation Programs

Octo Consulting Group (Octo), an award-winning provider of technology and digital services to the federal government, today announced that it has been awarded a five year $20 million Enterprise Transformation blanket purchase agreement (BPA) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Octo has been working with CMS to create the foundational elements of the agency’s agile transformation and lay the ground work for this BPA. Over the past year, Octo has assisted CMS stand up the Center for Enterprise Agility (CEA), built a repository of foundational agile materials and developed an Agile Immersion course, all critical components of laying the groundwork for agency-wide agile adoption.

Read More
Octo In The News
October 20, 2017
Innovation helps Octo move beyond small business roots

Octo Consulting was a very successful small business, growing rapidly over 10 years but as it transitioned from small business programs to full and open competitions, it knew it had to change.

It needed more mature processes and undertook the effort to be certified as CMMI Level 4 for Development. It is one of only 20 companies in the nation to achieve that designation, according to the company, and one of the few to do so only use Agile projects.

The CMMI designation has allowed Octo to deliver software for complex IT projects that are 98 percent defect free.

Read More
Award
October 20, 2017
Octo named one of the most innovative companies in the federal market

Who are the most innovative companies in the federal market?
During the GCN Dig IT gala Thursday night, Washington Technology had the opportunity to recognize the 22 finalists of its WT Industry Innovator awards program.

We also announced five companies that won special recognition in four innovation categories.

This year's winners are:

Accenture – Best Use of Acquisitions
Octo Consulting – Best Use of Corporate Restructuring
Unisys Federal – Best Use of Corporate Restructuring
CACI International — Best Use of Strategic Hiring
CSRA – Best Use of Technology Alliances
Each company represents the best examples of how companies are using acquisitions, corporate restructurings, strategic hiring and strategic alliances to bring more innovative solutions to their customers.

Read More
Octo In The News
October 18, 2017
Riding the wave: Government tech contractor on expansion path with new HQ, satellite office

Octo Consulting is riding a wave of agile software development contract wins to a bigger headquarters and a new satellite office in Maryland.

The Reston government technology company said Wednesday it was awarded a $5.9 million Department of Justice contract to bring so-called agile software development practices to IT modernization efforts underway in the agency’s Office of Justice Programs. Octo will help the agency use agile to manage about 90 IT projects and put processes and procedures in place. It’s a one-year contract with two option years.

Octo has also recently won contracts with the Department of Health and Human Services ($11 million for IT modernization) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ($20 million contract and a $1 million task order for agencywide agile transformation). The health IT work, in particular, has prompted Octo to stand up a new business unit devoted to that sector.

Agile remains a government services trend du jour and refers to an incremental, piecemeal approach to building software in real time with customers. That’s opposed to what’s called the waterfall approach, where the specifications are designed and a shrink-wrapped package is delivered months down the road. The risk with the latter approach is it could already be outdated or plain doesn’t work because of shifting needs, leaving an unhappy customer — remember the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov? — and a vendor that wasted precious time and resources.

Octo, which has about $80 million in revenue and more than 350 employees, said 130 of those staffers have been added to the payroll in the last 18 months in an attempt to bulk up amid increasing competition. In 2015, Octo brought on a new president and chief operating officer in Bob McCord, a federal IT veteran who had served in the same roles for Acentia and 2020 Co. LLC before each was acquired.

“I don’t think you can adopt agile and bring it into modernization efforts unless you bring a certain level of expertise to bear,” CEO Mehul Sanghani told me.

That growth necessitated a headquarters move from Tysons to Reston. The company uprooted in July from an 18,000-square-foot space to a 25,000-square-foot home with an open floor plan, flexible meeting rooms, private and semi-private workspaces — collaboration is top of mind — as well as an innovation lab, dubbed “OLabs.”

“When we preach collaboration, open government, all these things in terms of the agile practices we bring to bear, we wanted a space to reflect that,” said Sanghani, a 2013 Washington Business Journal Minority Business Leader honoree.

Its new 10,000-square-foot space in Columbia, Maryland, meanwhile, houses the Octo team working on its SeaPort-e contract. SeaPort-e is the Navy’s portal through which it solicits vendors to buy parts and materials used to build ships and other important systems. Octo took on the contract after Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. (NYSE: BAH) divested it in the wake of its $250 million acquisition of Laurel-based Aquilent.

Sanghani has been talking agile in particular and digital services in general since 2008, thanks to his Silicon Valley roots as a software engineer and a push by agencies to modernize mission-critical technology systems. The federal government spends an estimated $80 billion each year on IT systems, and 80 percent of that spending maintains outdated legacy systems.

The bipartisan Modernizing Government Technology Act, introduced in April, is taking aim at wasteful IT spending and strengthening information security by accelerating the federal government’s transition to modern technology, such as cloud computing.

Needless to say, there’s a ton of competition in the agile space and rapid consolidation among government IT and professional services companies. Sanghani hopes to differentiate Octo by emphasizing his company’s infrastructure, footprint and capabilities to sit between the “billion-dollar behemoths” at the top of the market and the capable but small firms at the bottom.

Read More
Octo In The News
October 23, 2017
Octo Consulting Wins $5.9M DOJ Contract For Agile Development

Octo Consulting has been awarded a $5.9 million contract to help the Justice Department in its pursuit of agile program management and better-leveraged IT.

Octo will work with DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs, Office of the Chief Information Officer, supporting the Program and Project Management Division. PPMD manages and promotes an IT development culture that reduces project costs and risks, better estimates staffing, projects costs and resource needs, and improves project quality, Octo said.

Read More
Press Release
October 25, 2017
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Taps Octo to Continue Driving Agile Transformation Programs

Octo Consulting Group (Octo), an award-winning provider of technology and digital services to the federal government, today announced that it has been awarded a five year $20 million Enterprise Transformation blanket purchase agreement (BPA) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Octo has been working with CMS to create the foundational elements of the agency’s agile transformation and lay the ground work for this BPA. Over the past year, Octo has assisted CMS stand up the Center for Enterprise Agility (CEA), built a repository of foundational agile materials and developed an Agile Immersion course, all critical components of laying the groundwork for agency-wide agile adoption.

Read More
Octo In The News
October 20, 2017
Innovation helps Octo move beyond small business roots

Octo Consulting was a very successful small business, growing rapidly over 10 years but as it transitioned from small business programs to full and open competitions, it knew it had to change.

It needed more mature processes and undertook the effort to be certified as CMMI Level 4 for Development. It is one of only 20 companies in the nation to achieve that designation, according to the company, and one of the few to do so only use Agile projects.

The CMMI designation has allowed Octo to deliver software for complex IT projects that are 98 percent defect free.

Read More
Award
October 20, 2017
Octo named one of the most innovative companies in the federal market

Who are the most innovative companies in the federal market?
During the GCN Dig IT gala Thursday night, Washington Technology had the opportunity to recognize the 22 finalists of its WT Industry Innovator awards program.

We also announced five companies that won special recognition in four innovation categories.

This year's winners are:

Accenture – Best Use of Acquisitions
Octo Consulting – Best Use of Corporate Restructuring
Unisys Federal – Best Use of Corporate Restructuring
CACI International — Best Use of Strategic Hiring
CSRA – Best Use of Technology Alliances
Each company represents the best examples of how companies are using acquisitions, corporate restructurings, strategic hiring and strategic alliances to bring more innovative solutions to their customers.

Read More
Octo In The News
October 18, 2017
Riding the wave: Government tech contractor on expansion path with new HQ, satellite office

Octo Consulting is riding a wave of agile software development contract wins to a bigger headquarters and a new satellite office in Maryland.

The Reston government technology company said Wednesday it was awarded a $5.9 million Department of Justice contract to bring so-called agile software development practices to IT modernization efforts underway in the agency’s Office of Justice Programs. Octo will help the agency use agile to manage about 90 IT projects and put processes and procedures in place. It’s a one-year contract with two option years.

Octo has also recently won contracts with the Department of Health and Human Services ($11 million for IT modernization) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ($20 million contract and a $1 million task order for agencywide agile transformation). The health IT work, in particular, has prompted Octo to stand up a new business unit devoted to that sector.

Agile remains a government services trend du jour and refers to an incremental, piecemeal approach to building software in real time with customers. That’s opposed to what’s called the waterfall approach, where the specifications are designed and a shrink-wrapped package is delivered months down the road. The risk with the latter approach is it could already be outdated or plain doesn’t work because of shifting needs, leaving an unhappy customer — remember the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov? — and a vendor that wasted precious time and resources.

Octo, which has about $80 million in revenue and more than 350 employees, said 130 of those staffers have been added to the payroll in the last 18 months in an attempt to bulk up amid increasing competition. In 2015, Octo brought on a new president and chief operating officer in Bob McCord, a federal IT veteran who had served in the same roles for Acentia and 2020 Co. LLC before each was acquired.

“I don’t think you can adopt agile and bring it into modernization efforts unless you bring a certain level of expertise to bear,” CEO Mehul Sanghani told me.

That growth necessitated a headquarters move from Tysons to Reston. The company uprooted in July from an 18,000-square-foot space to a 25,000-square-foot home with an open floor plan, flexible meeting rooms, private and semi-private workspaces — collaboration is top of mind — as well as an innovation lab, dubbed “OLabs.”

“When we preach collaboration, open government, all these things in terms of the agile practices we bring to bear, we wanted a space to reflect that,” said Sanghani, a 2013 Washington Business Journal Minority Business Leader honoree.

Its new 10,000-square-foot space in Columbia, Maryland, meanwhile, houses the Octo team working on its SeaPort-e contract. SeaPort-e is the Navy’s portal through which it solicits vendors to buy parts and materials used to build ships and other important systems. Octo took on the contract after Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. (NYSE: BAH) divested it in the wake of its $250 million acquisition of Laurel-based Aquilent.

Sanghani has been talking agile in particular and digital services in general since 2008, thanks to his Silicon Valley roots as a software engineer and a push by agencies to modernize mission-critical technology systems. The federal government spends an estimated $80 billion each year on IT systems, and 80 percent of that spending maintains outdated legacy systems.

The bipartisan Modernizing Government Technology Act, introduced in April, is taking aim at wasteful IT spending and strengthening information security by accelerating the federal government’s transition to modern technology, such as cloud computing.

Needless to say, there’s a ton of competition in the agile space and rapid consolidation among government IT and professional services companies. Sanghani hopes to differentiate Octo by emphasizing his company’s infrastructure, footprint and capabilities to sit between the “billion-dollar behemoths” at the top of the market and the capable but small firms at the bottom.

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