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The Talent Management Challenge: How Federal CFOs Will Survive

Federal CFO Insights Radio Series

Federal CFOs live in a fast paced, demanding world. So why are they spending so much time on talent management issues?

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chess piecesFederal chief financial officers (CFOs) live in a fast-paced, demanding world. So why are they spending so much time on talent management issues? Because they have learned their ability to meet their agencies' demands for value-added financial analysis and strategic planning advice is dependant on the quality of their people.

CFOs face a host of talent management challenges, from losing baby boomers to retirement, and closing skill gaps of the current work force, to succession planning and competing with the private sector for a shrinking pool of college graduates with finance and accounting degrees. Although some issues are unique to the public sector, federal CFOs are not alone in facing talent management challenges — their private-sector CFO peers face similar hurdles.

Listen in as Steve Isakowitz, CFO, U.S. Department of Energy, and Deloitte Consulting LLP practitioners address the issues.


  • Investing time and resources on human capital talent management
  • Challenges on the horizon for federal and private CFOs
  • Impact of retiring baby boomers
  • Closing skills gaps and planning for successions
  • Strategies for recruiting college graduates with finance and accounting degrees 
  • Case studies of talent management success stories


Maria Grant, leader, Federal Human Capital practice, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Steve Isakowitz, chief financial officer, U.S. Department of Energy


Clarence Crawford, director, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and former CFO of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management

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About Federal CFO Insights:

Federal CFO Insights provides perspectives and leading practices of Federal CFOs and the private sector as you wrestle with the important issues that impact government today. The program airs every third Wednesday and Saturday of the month at 1:00 P.M. on  WTOP Federal News Radio (1050 A.M.).

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