Your agency’s employees are driving one of the toughest technology challenges your agency has — dealing with the mobile revolution. Jeff Neal, senior vice president at ICF International and the former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security, says the demand for mobility will mean your agency works differently in 2013 than it does today.
Budget cuts are coming in 2013, no matter how Congress deals with the current budget situation. The problem is figuring out how they will affect your agency. Rob Burton, a partner at Venable law firm and former deputy administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement policy, says the budget problem means different things for agencies and industry.
The Defense Department has plenty of challenges to focus on next year. But Adm. Jamie Barnett, the senior vice president of national security policy at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, says one of the biggest challenges faced by the Pentagon is one that everyone seem to forget about.
Richard Stiennon Chief Research Analyst IT Harvest
The federal government is already taking steps to get serious about cybersecurity. But one cyber expert says 2013 should be the year the government gets really serious about cyber. Cyber expert Richard Stiennon, the chief research analyst at IT Harvest, shares his perspective on the next steps the government should take in the cybersecurity realm.
The Pentagon will deal with budget challenges in 2013, but those aren’t the only issues DoD planners will face. Rudy deLeon, senior vice president for National Security & International Policy at the Center for American Progress and a former deputy secretary of defense, says the U.S. relationship with China will be a high-profile challenge for the Defense Department in 2013.
Drone technology is getting cheaper and easier to use like other kinds of technology. But the potential proliferation of drones means a potential policy nightmare for agencies across government. Frank Reeder, principal at The Reeder Group and a former Office of Management and Budget official, says he thinks agencies are just now starting to think about the policy implications of more widespread use of unmanned aerial systems.
James Phillips Executive Vice President Centre Consulting
The Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative will have more impact on government contracting in the coming year. The Office of Management and Budget wants to see some improvement in federal procurement practices because of that expansion. But it might just make things worse, according to Jim Phillips, executive vice president of Centre Consulting.
Dov Zakheim Former Undersecretary of Defense (comptroller) Defense Department
Deficit-cutting negotiations on Capitol Hill may have a big impact on the future of military retirement packages. Dov Zakheim, former undersecretary of defense (comptroller), says those Hill negotiations are setting up a discussion about retirement that could affect recruiting and retention.
Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 8-10 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. metro area and online everywhere. Francis has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He joined Federal News Radio in 2006, and launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better.