In Depth interviews - August 24

Friday - 8/24/2012, 2:06pm EDT

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:

Larry AllenPresident of Allen Federal Business Partners

The Boy Scouts motto is "be prepared" and that's exactly what federal contractors should follow to handle the across-the board budget cuts, known as sequestration, set to take effect in January. Even though the size of the potential budget cuts won't be a sign of the Apocalypse, they do require some advanced planning.

While political pressure has turned the budgets into a big guessing game, Larry Allen, the president of Allen Federal Business Partners, discusses whether there are any surefire ways contractors can prepare.


Julie TagenLegislative Director, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association

Sunday is launch day for the 32nd National Convention of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.

NARFE members are going to Sparks, Nev., for committee meetings and seminars to follow the convention's theme "NARFE: Our Best Bet for the Future."

Julie Tagen, NARFE's legislative director, discusses what kind of topics will be front and center at the convention.


Tom BarstowDeputy Operations Officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC)

Since budgets are tight and getting tighter, agencies are using technology to maximize efficiency and cut costs.

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic is hosting its 2012 Industry Forum via webinar, in part to save on costs.

Tom Barstow, the deputy operations officer of NAVFAC Atlantic, discusses the forum and the growing use of webinars instead of traditional conferences.

This story is part of Federal News Radio's daily DoD Report. For more defense news, click here.


Bob ClarkeProject lead for ACT-IAC federal succession planning study

Your agency has a plan in place to fill any vacancies that pop up when employees leave their careers. When the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) looked into whether or not these plans were any good, they found for the most part human capital officers have a system that works.

But ACT-IAC also found that many IT managers don't even know these programs exist. Bob Clarke, the project lead for the study, discusses findings from the report.

"Bridging the Gap in Federal Succession Planning" (link to the study)


Also on the show:

Federal News Countdown: Budget, BYOD and conference spending
Jim Williams, senior vice president of business development at Daon, and Dan Chenok, executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government, count down the top federal news story of the week.