History of Attain

History of Attain 

A lot has changed since the paperwork was filed to create Attain on January 14, 2009 and we became fully operational on August 28, 2009. From seven employees with a temporary office location to over 700 employees in 40 states plus the District of Columbia, we have grown from a start-up into an elite consulting firm, improving the lives of over 100 clients to date.  

Though the company has evolved as its grown, one important constant remains the same—Attain is a built-to-last, next-generation, values-driven company. We were founded on these three, core principles that drive our mission and vision—and today, 10 years later, they remain the cornerstone of our business.   

Read on to learn how Attain has lived out these core principles over the last decade as we’ve grown into a top-tier digital transformation firm.  

Founding Attain 

Attain’s founding partners first came together at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. in the early 1980’s. Peat Marwick’s name changed several times over the years, first to KPMG (after its merger), then to KPMG Consulting and later to BearingPoint, Inc., but the practice our partners built and the quality services they continue to deliver have never changed.  

In 2009, Greg Baroni and John O’Neill co-founded Attain, and through the purchase of a platform of business, catapulted the operation from ground zero to a company with more than 100 contracts and 150 employees focused on securing strategic contract vehicles, growing the team, and reinforcing strong relationships with clients. 

Highlights: Key Contract Wins and Milestones  

CIO-SP3: In 2012, Attain secured a prime contractor position on National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC)’s $20B CIO-SP3 Small Business contract vehicle. This single contract vehicle enabled us to establish initial relationships with future clients including Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), exponentially expanding our footprint in the federal market. 

Eagle II: In 2013, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) notified Attain, that we were named an awardee in the unrestricted category on the $22 billion Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions II (EAGLE II) multiple-award indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract. A milestone achievement for Attain, the large IDIQ contract provided Attain entry into the National Security/Homeland Security market as a prime contractor.  

SEC: In 2013, Attain was awarded our first work with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)—the Business Process Reengineering (BPR) Center of Excellence (COE) and Application Management Support (AMS) contracts, including oversight of 55+ Enterprise applications, systems, and websites, including EDGAR and SEC.gov. These projects proved strategic in expanding our service to the SEC. 

NARA: In 2015, Attain won the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Information Technology (IT) and Telecommunications Services contract. Attain’s largest win to-date, our work with NARA delivered a new paradigm of IT infrastructure operations and services to elevate performance and cost-effectiveness across the agency, including our country’s Presidential libraries. 

Ranked a Top Workplace: As a result of direct feedback from Team Attain members, Attain earned the prestigious recognition of being named one of the Washington Post’s Top Workplaces for 2016. We were thrilled that our team members also ranked Attain #8 on Consulting Magazine’s Best Firms to Work For list in 2017. 

Strategic Acquisition: To further our growth, in 2016, Attain acquired ACF Solutions, a cloud-based technology provider that specialized in Salesforce Technology implementations for higher education and non-profit organizations. With this strategic acquisition, we expanded our digital transformation and cloud-based solution offerings. 

CMMI-DEV Level Maturity: In 2018, Attain was named one of 40 companies in the U.S. to be appraised at Level 5 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration for software development processes, setting us apart from industry peers and further demonstrating the enhanced value we bring to our clients to achieve mission success. 

SEC ONE IT: In 2018, Attain was one of three companies awarded an unrestricted contract in the SEC’s One OIT project. The 10-year, $2.5 billion contract covers enterprise IT services for the SEC in areas including platform and applications development; operations and maintenance; business solutions delivery; information security; data management and analytics; IT governance; and technology business management. 

NCAA: In 2018, Attain won a large contract supporting the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) facilitating the development of the Association’s strategic plan. Through this influential project, we are making a transformational impact not only on a globally recognized brand, but on how collegiate athletics will continue to evolve across the country. 

USCIS VDOS: In 2018, Attain won work with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) called Verification DevOpsSec (VDOS). VDOS represents Attain’s first comprehensive DevSecOps engagement, our first engagement with USCIS, and, most notably, our first win that required us to solve a technical challenge rather than write and submit a proposal. 

Consulting Magazine’s Fastest Growing Firms: Attain realized double digit revenue growth for the sixth straight year in 2018, winning strategic contracts and delivering on our commitment to serve our clients’ missions through more than 300 client projects. As a direct result of this sustained growth, we were listed as one of Consulting’s Fastest Growing Firms for the third consecutive year (2016, 2017, and 2018). 

Obsessing Externally 

In addition to our client work, we strive to Obsess Externally (one of our seven core values), serving the needs of our constituent public, including society at-large and the communities in which we live and work. As we grow, we continue to demonstrate a passion for service through active support of fundraising events and activities hosted by our three flagship philanthropies: The National Kidney Foundation Serving the National Capital Area, the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region, and The Women’s Center, located in Vienna, VA.  In addition to our flagship causes, we embrace a “what matters most to our employees matters to us” philosophy and support a roster of more than 20 charitable organizations important to Attain’s people and the firm’s philanthropic initiatives. (Stay tuned for a future post on August 14th taking a deep dive into Attain’s philanthropic endeavors.)  

Attain Today 

As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we are a leading management, technology, and strategy consulting firm comprised of innovative problem solvers who disrupt the status quo to change the world and improve the lives of those we serve. We are powered by extreme automation, leveraging a holistic, agile, secure, and customer-centered approach to digital transformation, to advance our clients’ missions across the government, education, healthcare, and nonprofit landscapes. 

Driven by our three core principles and seven core values, we are more than just consultants—we’re trusted advisors and partners dedicated to helping our clients execute their visions and missions with purpose to achieve remarkable results. 

Putting our people first, we have a diverse workforce of more than 700 full-time employees and a 96% employee satisfaction rate. Team Attain currently spans 40 states (plus DC) and we have five office locations up and down the East coast. In addition to serving over 500 clients, we have donated nearly $2.0m to charities for which our team members are passionate advocates. In recognition of our dedicated service to our clients and philanthropy partners, we have received over 25 awards in our 10 years of business.  

As we celebrate 10 Years of Attain, we continue to focus on bold, innovative areas such as Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) / machine learning, blockchain, and robotic process automation (RPA), and will extend our capabilities through Attain’s ecosystem of strategic alliance partners, including Salesforce and Red Hat.  

Guided by our core principles, we continue to lead change and help our clients invent the future, by thinking outside the box and imagining the impossible. In 2019 and beyond, we look forward to continuing to change the world by boldly disrupting the status quo and improving the lives we touch.