Dan Gordon, associate dean for government procurement law at the George Washington University Law School and the former administrator at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, says there is keen interest among contractors and budget hawks alike in seeing if the downward trend in contract spending continues this year.
Uncertainty over the fiscal cliff negotiations has the potential to create unrest among your workforce. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, joins In Depth to discuss how federal managers can keep their workforce engaged.
“Incrementalism” isn’t a word you probably hear very much. But it could define how your agency does business in 2013. Dale Meyerrose, president of MeyerRose Group and the former chief information officer at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, says the federal government will be dominated by budget restraints.
Helping troops transition back to civilian life is a top priority for the Defense Department. New legislation is making that easier, but it’s been an Army priority for a long time. Col. Walter Herd, the director of the Army Transition Program at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, joins In Depth to discuss how the program is helping troops make the transition.
The fiscal cliff deal wasn’t really a deal in several important areas. Congress didn’t make a deal on sequestration, on the debt limit or on fiscal 2013 budgets. Alan Balutis, a director in the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group and former chief information officer at the Commerce Department, says that unfinished business will likely lead budget pressures to intensity over the next two months.
A number of recent legislative proposals have targeted the size of the federal workforce. But Linda Springer, executive director in the government and public-sector practice at Ernst & Young, LLP and the former director of the Office of Personnel Management, says 2013 will see a new focus on right-sizing the workforce, determining the tasks that need to be done and the number of personnel required to carry them out.
Financial management at the Defense Department has, at times, seemed an oxymoron. Winslow Wheeler, director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Center for Defense Information (part of the Project on Government Oversight), says the Pentagon needs to get serious about about tracking spending in 2013.
Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC 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 as the producer and news anchor of the station’s morning drive program, the Federal Drive. He launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better.