Agency News: Department of Commerce

Eye in the sky: NOAA satellite program aids oil spill response

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's satellite organization has a test imagery program that's getting some real use in fighting the oil spill in the Gulf.

Cloud security: Feds on cusp of change

Experts assess the future of certification in cloud computing and the types of security agencies must address.

Spreading the word on the oil spill

As oil from BP's Deepwater Horizon spill spreads toward the Gulf Coast, agencies spread the word on environmental and health concerns, along with updates on the government's response.

NIST will coordinate national cybersecurity education program

The National Institute of Standards and Technology will work with agencies on a new program to improve cybersecurity education.

Scientists at work under the volcano

The eruption of a volcano on Iceland has given NOAA scientists a chance to test an advanced computer model for predicting volcanic ash dispersion.

Commerce opens suggestion box for online privacy

The Commerce Department wants opinions from businesses and consumers about privacy protections for Internet commerce.

Feds, industry to hash out cloud standards at May summit

The Cloud Summit, to be hosted on May 20 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, will turn attention to creating standards for data interoperability, portability and security.

NIST creating tools to test health IT products

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is taking on an IT product testing role related to the distribution of $17 billion in economic stimulus funds for health IT.

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Federal 100: Ron Ross

New NOAA Web site tracks Arctic sea ice loss

A new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Web site provides satellite measurements of the loss of Arctic sea ice and examines Arctic science and policy issues.

Census allows little time to build networks for temporary offices

Computer networks had to be installed at more than 500 temporary Census offices across the country for the 2010 count.

Geospatial apps help temper Mother Nature's fury

Government agencies find that linking sensors to other geospatial data could improve emergency management, environmental monitoring and homeland security.

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