Finding the next generation of talent – especially acquisition talent – isn’t just a matter of sheer numbers for your agency. For years, contractors have been accused of stealing people from the government…now with the emphasis on insourcing, some contractors say agencies are poaching their best people. Tom Simmons, area vice president for Citrix Federal, told me today that there is only so much talent to go around, since working for the government – either on the business side OR the agency side – is much different than working in the private sector.
We also talked about how his company is seeing changes in attitude about the next wave of technology. Tom says Federal IT pros are becoming more comfortable with the concepts of virtualization and cloud computing, even if they’re not ready to deploy the technology at their agencies.
Tom also says the agencies are getting better at moving away from process, toward measuring results – and therefore, measuring success. Tom was my guest for the 2pm hour today; you can hear the entire conversation by clicking the audio link.
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.