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Owen Barwell — Managing Director, Grant Thornton
The Office of Management and Budget’s drilling a new hole in your agency’s budget belt and squeezing it a notch tighter. OMB’s plan for 2014 requires a 5 percent cut for all agencies and evidence-based budgeting for requests on spending and grant awards.
Owen Barwell, the managing director of Grant Thornton and the former chief financial officer of the Energy Department, joins In Depth to discuss whether the 5-percent cuts are draconian or manageable as well as what agencies will have the hardest time adjusting to the changes.
Molly O’Neill — Vice President at CGI Federal
Congress has some ideas to help IT acquisition at your agency. But the pieces for success may already be in place.
Molly O’Neill, vice president at CGI Federal and former chief information officer at the Environmental Protection Agency, testified before a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Thursday, which examined efforts to reform federal IT spending.
O’Neill’s testimony focused on the benefits of cloud computing and tech innovation beyond cloud, such as mobility, big data and IT procurement reform.
Jason Wilson — Reporter, Bloomberg Government
The Defense Department spent about $10 billion on cybersecurity over the past five years. But compared to other IT areas, cyber budgets are staying flat and might actually be a lot less than what you’d expect.
Jason Wilson, a reporter for Bloomberg Government, examined federal defense spending on cybersecurity for a new Bloomberg study. He joins In Depth to discuss the overall trends he’s noticed.
Senior Correspondent Mike Causey dropped by to discuss his pre-Memorial Day column as well as how the observance of Memorial Day has changed over the years. The picture Francis and Mike discuss is below.
Agency CIOs coveted new Digital, Shared Services strategies The Office of Management and Budget now has released two major strategies in the past month, giving agency chief information officers a host of new deadlines. But a funny thing happened on the way to developing the goals: the CIOs asked for them.