On the show today – April 19

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Today’s guests:

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)

Rep. Elijah CummingsCongressman, D-Md.


The financial management structure of all federal agencies may change because of the GSA scandal. The House Oversight and Government Reform committee has asked every agency for information about past conferences and the level of autonomy for decision-makers. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) spoke to Francis Rose earlier today about what he has learned at his committee’s hearings that makes him think it might be time for all agencies to change.

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Julie TagenLegislative director, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association

A spate of legislation introduced in Congress is zeroing in on the wallets of federal employees — from Sen. Daniel Akaka’s (D-Hawaii) amendment to the Postal Service bill to Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) bill to allow phased retirements. Julie Tagen from the National Active and Retired Federal Employees association talks to In Depth about what feds can expect and what her organization is doing to support them.

David MaurerDirector, Homeland Security and Justice, Government Accountability Office

After 9/11, the FBI named counterterrorism its top priority. The bureau has hired a lot of people to fit that need, but its long-term strategy to fill vacancies is still up in the air. David Maurer, a homeland security expert from the Government Accountability Office, talks to In Depth about his new report and recommendations to keep the FBI’s counterterrorism positions filled.

Also on the show:

Analysis: GSA’s scandal pales in comparison to historical misdeeds

See the timeline of federal scandals

Denham: GSA must ‘justify their existence’

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

Contracting waste, fraud ‘significant’ in Afghanistan, IG says

Air Force’s cyber commander call for ‘full spectrum’ defense of networks