Agency News: Department of Commerce


NOAA launches online climate portal

The prototype Climate.gov Web portal would serve as a tool for the proposed NOAA Climate Service, a new line office that would bring together expertise and data from other NOAA offices already observing and modeling the Earth’s atmospheric and oceanic systems.

House votes to boost cybersecurity research, education

The House today passed a bill designed to improve reseach, development, education, and standards related to cybersecurity.

Commerce loses, Education gains in IT spending

Most IT budgets would change little from fiscal 2010 under the Obama administration's budget.

Cloud-computing success depends on knowing what to ask

One of cloud computing's most attractive features -- the ability to pool resources -- could be the biggest impediment to implementing the technology for the federal government.

Social media tracks Census director's Alaska trip

Census Bureau Director Robert Groves' trip to a remote Alaskan village to kick off the 2010 count was chronicled via social media.

NOAA, Google partner on data visualization project

NOAA and Google will develop the visualization of NOAA's data by using Google’s software.

Grants for broadband becoming easier to apply for

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Rural Utilities Service have made the grant application process easier.

Census CIO counts on future tech

Despite public missteps related to technology, Brian McGrath says the Census Bureau is poised to be an innovation trailblazer for government.

NIST completes first release of Smart Grid framework

NIST has introduced an initial set of standards and a framework for creating a new smart energy distribution grid, the first step of a three-phase plan by NIST to develop Smart Grid standards.

Maryland wants to be cybersecurity epicenter

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley wants Maryland to be recognized as the leading state for cybersecurity.

FIPS-certified USB drives have security flaws

Vulnerabilities in supposedly secure USB flash drives that received FIPS certification are causing NIST to review the certification process for cryptographic modules.

NTIA three months behind on broadband grant distribution, GAO says

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is behind schedule in awarding the first round of broadband grants, according to the General Accountability Office.

Who's Fed 100-worthy?

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Federal 100 awards. Get the details and submit your picks!