Agency News: Department of Commerce

Cloud-computing help is on the way for agency managers

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's road map is designed to support secure adoption of cloud computing by federal agencies. Comments are due by Dec. 2.

Proven tips to make the best performance dashboards

Agencies should check out the colorful dials on the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office's online dashboard to see some good dashboard design. Read on for more tips and good examples.

Satellites, telescope worthy of funding, Senate says

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal 2012 budget for science and technology programs.

Social media: A mixed blessing for disaster response

A report from the Congressional Research Service highlights some of the benefits and potential risks in using tools such as Facebook and Twitter to help with disaster response.

Despite desire for shared data, Census Bureau stands on confidentiality law

The U.S. Census Bureau has no plans to seek changes to Title 13, officials say.

Census Bureau supports releasing address database, official says

The Census Bureau has made a turnaround in its thinking about publicly releasing its nationwide database of home and business addresses, a senior official said.

Technology aided disaster response

Earthquakes and hurricanes didn't daunt the federal response, but trouble is on the horizon for funding.

Weather service updates mobile website for local forecasts

The National Weather Service will refresh its mobile website that offers weather forecasts by ZIP code.

NOAA to build 'weather-ready' nation

After a record number of weather disasters this year -- including a hurricane and flooding in Washington, D.C. -- the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is amplifying its efforts to improve forecasting and response.

Agencies use Facebook, Twitter to spread hurricane info

Agencies rush to prepare for major hurricane, using all the technology at their disposal to do so.

NIST proposes privacy safeguards for federal IT

The National Institute of Standards and Technology wants to ensure the privacy of personal information is among the standard security controls used to protect federal information and information systems.

NASA, DOJ take hits in fiscal 2012 budget package

The House Appropriations Committee took scissors to NASA's James Webb Space Telescope program and reduced state and local grant programs run by the Justice Department in its fiscal 2012 budget package.

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