I don't like it..
... and am not referring to using taxpayers money to pay for it. But the fact that officials will be using such device, that is still under the control of the manufacture, for their official communication.
unlike a PC which can be secured using 3rd party software (multiple commercial entities have to corporate to bug the system), the iPad can not be secured in the same way. The product as a whole come from a single commercial entity that still maintain control over it once it is sold and is in the hands of the official (and yes, Apple will *know* which official is using it from their iTunes store).
P.S. Yes, I have the same problem when officials uses their mobiles or Blackberries to discuses sensitive information.
Now I'll get my coat and leave since my way of thinking isn't welcome.