In Depth interviews - September 20

Thursday - 9/20/2012, 6:50pm 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:

Marion BlakeyPresident and CEO, Aerospace Industries Association

As bad as sequestration is to every federal agency's budget, it would be absolutely devastating to contracts — especially small-business contractors, according to a new report from George Mason University and the Aerospace Industries Association.

Marion Blakey, the president and CEO of AIA, joins In Depth to discuss the threat of sequestration and how the outsized effect on small businesses could impact the entire contracting ecosystem.

Sequestration Study: 956,181 Small Business Jobs at Risk (related link)


Dan GordonFormer Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy

Strategic sourcing has the potential to save hundreds of millions of dollars every year. The General Services Administration expects to save $200 million in fiscal 2013 and agencies across government are taking advantage.

Dan Gordon, associate dean for government procurement law at George Washington University and the former administrator of the Office Federal Procurement Policy, joins In Depth to discuss the strategic sourcing push.

This interview is part of our special weeklong multimedia series, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

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Steven GrundmanLund Fellow, Atlantic Council

The Pentagon says its acquisition process is overly complicated and wastes money. And some strains on relationships with contractors are starting to show.

Steven Grundman, a Lund Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington and the principal of Grundman Advisory, joins In Depth to discuss DoD's plans to get acquisition back on track and whether DoD can repair its communication problems with vendors.

This interview is part of our special weeklong multimedia series, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

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


Also on the show:

Obama Impact: Evaluating Obama's acquisition initiatives

Full coverage of the Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years