Agency News: Department of Commerce


Cybersecurity training: The battle over mandates

A debate rages over a Senate proposal to require certification or licensing for all cybersecurity professionals who work on government information systems.

How to make the most of your COOP investment

Managers are finding new ways to protect their computing resources in an emergency without paying for idle capacity that doesn’t contribute to daily operations.

GAO: Avoid fragmented broadband policies

The FCC should work with other federal agencies to avoid a fragmented approach on national broadband policies, a new report states.

House passes bills on technology, science

The House has approved bills designed to strengthen federal agencies' cooperation on international science and technology research and on domestic science education.

Smart grid standards released

The government has released a list of 16 interoperability and security standards for the smart electric grid.

Coast Guard to harness ocean data to improve search and rescue

The Coast Guard can use maps of ocean surface currents to track probable paths of shipwreck victims and drifting lifeboats.

NOAA adds Great Lakes images

The detailed, three-dimensional images on Google Earth let visitors explore the canyons and sandbars in the Great Lakes.

NOAA to get supercomputers, satellites

The agency's list of projects includes funding for weather satellites and climate-data supercomputers.

DNSsec deadline looms

A requirement for all agencies to apply a security fix to their Web sites by the end of the year might catch some agencies by surprise.

Groups want open access in stimulus-funded broadband

Consumer organizations want tougher open-access requirements for the $7 billion worth of broadband networks funded by the stimulus law.

Federal 100 winner: Matthew P. Barrett

Matthew Barrett leads the NIST team that operates SCAP, the National Vulnerability Database, the National Checklist Program and the SCAP Laboratory Accreditation program.

Federal 100 winner: Eric Hackathorn

Hackathorn built NOAA's presence in virtual worlds by creating its Meteora Island in Second Life, which allows NOAA to globally broadcast its work.

Who's Fed 100-worthy?

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