On the show today - April 2

Tuesday - 4/3/2012, 1:20am EDT

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The big story on today's show was the news of General Services Administration Administrator Martha Johnson's resignation and the firing of two other officials in the wake of a report detailing excessive conference spending.

Click here for the full story.

Today's guests:

Ana Galindo-MarroneChief of the Hatch Act Unit, Office of Special Counsel

It may only be April, but election season is already well underway. And in an age where personal electronic devices can be used for work email and work computers used for personal accounts, it has become harder to define the difference between work time and personal time. And if you chose to support a political candidate, you need to be especially careful of violating the Hatch Act.

Ana Galindo-Marrone joins Francis with a list of do's and don'ts for federal workers.

Click here to read about proposed changes to the Hatch Act.

Lawmakers, US agency favor Hatch Act changes


Greg ShannonChief scientist of CERT program, Software Engineering Institute

The federal government has two main roles in improving cybersecurity. Greg Shannon, the chief scientist of the CERT program at the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, discussed those roles at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce committee on Wednesday.

Click here to read Shannon's testimony.

This story is part of Federal News Radio's daily Cybersecurity Update. For more cybersecurity news, click here.


Peter Budetti (D-Va.)Deputy Administrator for Program Integrity, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services busted a $375 million health-care fraud scheme last month — one of the largest fraud cases the feds have cracked.

Peter Budetti, the deputy administrator for program integrity at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services discussed how the agency analyzes data to find and connect the data it needs as well as how data analysis has evolved.

Click here to read more about how CMS is cracking down on health-care fraud.

Click here to read more about this case.


Also on the show:

In the 3 p.m. hour, Francis played highlights from several appropriations committee hearings. Click above to listen and find links to each of the committees below:

  1. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, before the Senate Appropriations Agriculture subcommittee, March 29.

  2. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, March 21.

  3. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, March 22

  4. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, before the Senate Appropriations Commerce, Science, Justice and related agencies subcommittee, March 28

  5. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, before the Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, March 14.

Also, In Depth brings you the latest cybersecurity and defense news. Below, find links to the stories mentioned.

New tool will help Air Force speed up civilian hiring process

IGs express concerns with Senate cyber bills