Agency News: Department of Commerce

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.

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.

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