Agency News: Department of Commerce


FCC considers state, regional public safety networks

The FCC is considering requests to form a broadband network for first responders rather than waiting for the commission to create a nationwide network.

How to get telework right

Federal Computer Week convened a virtual roundtable with three telework program managers that run some of the most successful programs in government to find out what works with new telework programs — along with the major remaining stumbling blocks.

Security risks evolve alongside social media

Facebook and Twitter make it possible for government agencies to communicate and interact with the public in ways not possible just two years ago. But these social media tools also create new types of security risks that agencies must anticipate and plan for.

Emergency IT authority for FERC gains support

Support is growing for proposals to give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission additional authority to act during an emergency involving a cyberattack on the country's electric power system.

FERC lays out priorities for Smart Grid standards

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said cybersecurity is among its priorities for standards being developed for the country's next-generation, technology-enabled electric grid.

New bills would make RF spectrum inventories open to public

Bills pending in the House and Senate would create inventories of RF spectrum managed by the NTIA and FCC, along with a Web portal to make the information public.

NTIA wants volunteers to review broadband grants

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration wants volunteers to review applications for $4.7 billion in grants for broadband expansion.

GSA announces list of Networx agency telecom awards

The General Services Administration has released a list of 86 federal agencies that have awarded contracts to telecom providers through the Networx contract.

GSA expands on O'Hare's GWACs comments

In a recent interview with Federal Computer Week's acquisition editor, Matthew Weigelt, Ed O'Hare, assistant commissioner of the Office of Integrated Technology Services at GSA's Federal Acquisition Service, clarifies and expands upon his comments made during a panel discussion at the Washington Technology Top 100 Conference.

Census successfully uses handhelds to verify addresses

The Census Bureau finished the first phase of the 2010 decennial census ahead of schedule in part because new handheld computers performed well despite earlier problems.

Cybersecurity: Legislation, new security controls on same track

New catalog of information and security controls co-developed by NIST, the Pentagon and the intelligence community, along with information security legislation gaining traction in Congress, are expected to significantly improve federal cybersecurity standards.

Cloud computing: Is it secure enough?

Government officials should start now to understand the security implications and begin taking steps to protect their organizations as they adopt the cloud computing model.

Who's Fed 100-worthy?

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