In Depth interviews – June 12

This is the In Depth show blog. Here you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Today’s guests:

Joe JordanAdministrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy

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The federal government spends $500 billion dollars a year on procuring goods and services, and people are a critical element of getting the job done right.


Joe Jordan, the recently confirmed administrator for the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, joins In Depth as part of part of the Federal News Radio’s week-long special acquisition report, Inside the World’s Biggest Buyer.

Jordan discusses how agencies are getting better at buying and building their workforces.

Susie AdamsChief Technology Officer, Microsoft Federal

The cloud computing market is mature enough now that the choices your agency has to make are narrowing. Most agencies are choosing either a public cloud, a private cloud or one of a few variations. Susie Adams, the chief technology officer at Microsoft Federal, discusses the cloud path agencies are taking now.

Tom ShoopEditor-in-Chief, Government Executive

Government watchers paid close attention to the election in Wisconsin last week. Gov. Scott Walker escaped a recall effort there after he rescinded collective bargaining for public-sector employees. But many folks missed election results from San Diego and San Jose that may eventually have implications for your federal job. Tom Shoop, the editor-in-chief of Government Executive magazine, discusses why.

Arnold PunaroCEO, Punaro Group

Arnold Punaro, the CEO of the Punaro Group, is a member of the Defense Business Board and leads a task force on reforming acquisition.

Punaro discusses how the Pentagon is going about building a strong acquisition workforce.

Read Punaro’s column the acquisition workforce, as part of the Federal News Radio’s week-long special acquisition report, Inside the World’s Biggest Buyer.