Wednesday - 7/10/2013, 8:38pm EDT

The Federal Drive broadcasted live from the 2013 Multiple Award Government & Industry Conference on July 11. Listen to our interviews with event attendees and participants.

Jim Phillips
Executive Vice President
Centre Consulting

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They say nothing happens until someone buys something. When the federal government buys, it needs a contract vehicle. Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) have been persistently popular. With buying activity traditionally taking an uptick in the last quarter of the fiscal year, Tom checked in with GWAC expert Jim Phillips, executive vice president of Centre Consulting.

Rick Slifer
Founder and Principal
RASA Consulting

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As long as companies have been selling or trying to sell to the government market, there have been consultants to hold them by the hand. One of the long time and most successful is Rick Slifer. His company, Rasa Consulting, helps newbies and companies who want to grow their federal business. He spoke with Tom about what advice he would give businesses trying to break into the federal market now.

Stan Soloway
President and CEO
Professional Services Council

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If anyone can be described as a battle-hardened warrior of federal procurement, it's Stan Soloway. He's worked for both the government and industry over the past few decades. At this morning's MAGIC event, he offered his thoughts on federal contracting in light of this year's sequestration challenges.

Mary Davie
Assistant Commissioner
GSA's Office of Integrated Technology Services

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Mary Davie, assistant commissioner for the Office of Integrated Technology Services (ITS) in GSA's Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), oversees $24 billion worth of buying. Davie joined Tom to discuss what she's seeing as the final quarter of the fiscal year gets underway. Tom and Davie also discuss reverse auctions, mobility and wireless Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs).

Angela Messer
Executive Vice President
Booz Allen Hamilton

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There's a new digital ecosystem out there, but the federal government isn't adapting its acquisition systems so its geared towards the art of the possible. Angela Messer is the executive vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton. She says agencies know they need a more integrated approach. The challenge is how to get there. Messer talked with Tom about what exactly a digital ecosystem is and how federal agencies can adapt to the new environment.

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The Federal News Radio interview lineup is displayed at MAGIC 2013.