Agency News: Department of Commerce

Census successfully uses handhelds to verify addresses

The Census Bureau finished the first phase of the 2010 decennial census ahead of schedule in part because new handheld computers performed well despite earlier problems.

Cybersecurity: Legislation, new security controls on same track

New catalog of information and security controls co-developed by NIST, the Pentagon and the intelligence community, along with information security legislation gaining traction in Congress, are expected to significantly improve federal cybersecurity standards.

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.

Cloud computing: Is it secure enough?

Government officials should start now to understand the security implications and begin taking steps to protect their organizations as they adopt the cloud computing model.

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.

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