Agency News: Department of Commerce

NIST gets new director at a critical time for the agency

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has become an economic enabler for a nation that is increasingly dependent on IT and the ability to securely share and use information, said newly confirmed administrator Patrick Gallagher.

NASA chooses Diaz to lead IT consolidation project

Deborah Diaz will lead NASA’s $4 billion IT consolidation project, an official confirmed today.

Commerce weighs open-source content system for Web sites

The Commerce Department is considering switching its Web sites to the Drupal open-source content management system.

New cybersecurity role for NIST?

NIST would be responsible for developing a plan to coordinate the government's work with international organizations developing cybersecurity standards under a bill approved by the House Science and Technology’s Innovation Subcommittee.

Broadband grant program has problems, GAO official says

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Rural Utilities Service are adding staff members and contractors to help handle 2,200 applications for $7 billion in broadband grants and loans.

Handhelds helped Census stay on track, GAO says

The process of verifying addresses to prepare for the 2010 Census finished ahead of schedule thanks in large part to handheld computers, a GAO report finds.

NTIA awards grants for national broadband map

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is getting started on the $350 million broadband mapping project funded by the economic stimulus law.

Commerce neglects its IT security workforce: inspector general

The department’s management has not devoted enough resources to training its IT security workers as the threat of cyber attacks increase in number and sophistication, IG says.

NIST readies Smart Grid security architecture

A cybersecurity working group is developing a security architecture and comprehensive set of security requirements to accompany the Smart Grid framework being developed by NIST's office for Smart Grid interoperability. A preliminary report is expected to be released for comment shortly.

USPTO eyes unified communication system

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office wants to learn about unified Internet Protocol communication systems that could cut its operating costs.

Applications for broadband grants under the stimulus law far outstrip available funds

The Commerce and Agriculture departments received 2,200 applications for broadband projects.

Agencies push small-biz outreach efforts

Commerce Department and Small Business Administration officials plan more than 200 events before mid-October.

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