In Depth interviews - December 27

Friday - 12/28/2012, 1:47am EST

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:

George Govan
Chief Financial Officer
U.S. Railroad Retirement Board

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The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board is moving its financial management to the cloud. It recently awarded a $21 million dollar contract to CGI Federal to do it. George Govan, the board's chief financial officer, discusses how the agency prepared for its cloud migration.

John Salamone
Vice President
FMP Consulting

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Whether sequestration happens or not, your agency is going to absorb some big spending cuts. Big data can be one tool to use to apply strategy to the choices you'll have to make, according to John Salamone, vice president of FMP Consulting and the former executive director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council.

Dan Blair
President
National Academy of Public Administration

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"Opportunity" is probably not a word you would expect to hear much when it comes to the tight budget times the government is in. But Dan Blair, the president of the National Academy of Public Administration, says the tight budgets next year could be an opportunity to reshape the federal workforce.

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Lee Dougherty
Leader of the government contracting practice
General Counsel PC

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Tight budget times have largely forced federal agencies into being low-price buyers. Vendors are seeing more procurements than ever based on price, under lowest-price, technically acceptable procurements.

Lee Dougherty, leader of the government contracting practice at General Counsel PC, says it's not a new trend and it likely isn't goin away anytime soon.

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Hord Tipton
Executive Director
(ISC)

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Cybersecurity threats come in all shapes and sizes. The trick is tackling the ones that register the brightest on the cyber threat radar. Hord Tipton, the former chief information officer for the Interior Department and now the executive director of I(ISC), says the never-ending problems with the technology supply chain need the most attention.

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