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Federal thought leaders are looking toward 2013 as a time of austerity and continued uncertainty. But more of those leaders are anticipating the coming year as a time of great opportunity. In our special report, Top 3 for 2013, the In Depth with Francis Rose team asks some of the federal business community's biggest thinkers for the top three items they think agency leaders and industry executives will deal with in 2013. Read their ideas and hear our conversations below.
Adm. Jamie Barnett, the senior vice president of national security policy at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, says one of the the biggest challenges faced by the Pentagon is one that everyone seem to forget about.
Rob Burton, a partner at Venable law firm, says he's predicting a negative procurement ripple effect that will begin with planned budget reductions.
Norb Ryan, a retired vice admiral who's now the president and CEO of the Military Officers Association of America says that mental, physical and financial well-being for military personnel should be the top priority next year.
Hord Tipton, the former chief information officer for the Interior Department and now the executive director of I(ISC)², says the most pressing cybersecurity concern for 2013 is securing the technology supply chain.
Lee Dougherty, leader of the government contracting practice at General Counsel PC, says the trend toward lowest-price, technically acceptable procurements is likely here to stay.
Dan Blair, the president of the National Academy of Public Administration says the tight budgets next year could be an opportunity to restructure the federal workforce.
Jim Beaupre, the former head of the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council and now president of his own consulting firm, says the budget is issue one for the whole year ahead, not just the next few weeks
The threat landscape at federal agencies is becoming more and more complex with the addition of new technologies. Tim Keanini, chief research officer at nCircle, provides his cybersecurity predictions for the coming year.
Bob Otto, executive vice president at Agilex Technologies and the former chief information officer at the Postal Service, shares his technology predictions for next year as part of the special feature Top 3 for 2013