On the show today - April 17

Tuesday - 4/17/2012, 5:48pm EDT

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In Depth continues its coverage of the shakeup at the General Services Administration. Click here to read more about today's hearing.

Today's guests:

Larry AllenPresident, Allen Federal Business Partners

Round two of congressional probes into the GSA scandal got underway on Tuesday with a hearing held by the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management. The chairman of that subcommittee, Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) has threatened to tear the agency apart and put it back together again. But is there a reason to do that beyond politics? Policy analyst Larry Allen talks to In Depth about what GSA could look like after the dust settles.


Daniel CastroSenior Analyst, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

After abruptly pulling the plug on a procurement plan in February, the Air Force is giving tablet computers another shot. The Air Force Special Operations Command is asking for 2,725 third-generation iPads, or their technological equivalent, for its pilots to use to store digital flight charts. The previous plan was abandoned amid security concerns after the media found ASFSOC planned to use Russian software. Daniel Castro, a senior analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, talks to Francis Rose about the security concerns and what, if anything, has changed with the new plan.

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


Tom ShoopEditor-in-Chief, Government Executive

Between the GSA hearings and allegations of Secret Service agents gone wild in Colombia, the image of federal employees has taken a beating this week. A lot of people are wondering: Are these incidents isolated or chronic? We turn to regular guest Tom Shoop from Government Executive for analysis.


John AdlerPresident, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association

Trouble is brewing for members of President Barack Obama's Secret Service detail, who have been sent home after allegations of raucous parties with prostitutes in Colombia. We talk to Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association President Jon Adler about what the investigation process will look like and what kind of disciplinary action the agents may be facing.

Also on the show:

Congress returns to packed budget agenda, tight deadlines

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

Commerce proposes changes to digital signatures

Air Force pushes airmen to conserve energy