Agency News: Department of Commerce

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.

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.

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