James Lewis, Center for Strategic & Int’l Studies, Technology & Public Policy Program Director
Topic: Our guest testified in front of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology this week and will testify in-font of the Senate this next Wednesday looking at the issue of Cybersecurity and the private sector response. He joins us to discuss this new threat, what it is, what’s being proposed to combat the issue and why the U.S. is has now decided to take this issue seriously.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Republican Policy Committee Chairman
Topic: Guest will discuss 2012 tax and spending battles on Capitol Hill, including current negotiations over extending the payroll tax cut holiday and the 2013 budget negotiations. Guest favors a balanced budget amendment.
Michael Horrigan, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Prices & Living Conditions, Associate Commissioner
Barry Bosworth, Brookings Institution, Senior Fellow in Economic Studies
Topic: How the federal government measures inflation and the tools and measures it uses to do so. We will also examine how this data is used, its role in economic and public policy decisions, as well is in adjustments to entitlement spending such as Social Security.