On the show today - April 25

Wednesday - 4/25/2012, 2:52pm EDT

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Today's guests:

Katherine HammackAssistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy & Environment

Katherine Hammack, the assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and the Environment, joins Francis on Pentagon Solutions. Hammack discusses the Energy Initiatives Task Force, which the Army stood up a little more than six months ago, to focus on creating large renewable energy projects on military bases.

Last month, the Army issued draft proposals for the plan, under which private developers build renewable projects on bases with their own funding. However, in return the Army will be a guaranteed buyer of the of power.

Click here to read the full story.


Mike McKenneyAssistant Treasury Inspector General for Auditing

The rush is over for tax filing season this year. But the shift from a legacy system to a modern system — which slowed IRS capabilities this year — will likely last for another filing season.

In an audit released last week, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found the agency was hampered by budget cuts and antiquated technology.

Mike McKenney, the assistant treasury inspector general for auditing at the TIGTA, joined In Depth to discuss the report's findings as well as when the next audit will be.

Click here to read the TIGTA report.


Steve FlynnCodirector of the Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security, Northeastern University

The complexity of U.S. power grids could be the vulnerability that cyber attackers exploit first. Stephen Flynn, who is also a political science at Northeastern University, testified about cyber vulnerabilities to a House Homeland Security subcommittee Tuesday, telling lawmakers that the U.S. Is a victim of its own success when it comes to cybersecurity and critical infrastructure.

Click here to read Flynn's testimony.

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


Shawn Henry Former Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch at the Federal Bureau of Investigation

The House is working through a series of cybersecurity bills this week. A House Homeland Security subcommittee called some expert witnesses to the Hill yesterday to tell them about the dangers federal agencies and everyone in the country are facing.

Shawn Henry, the former executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch at the FBI, told lawmakers that only a small number of people have really seen the the "below-the-water-line" in the tip-of-the-iceberg cybersecurity analogy.

Click here to read Henry's full testimony.

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