Agency News: Department of Commerce

The rush is on to approve applications for broadband funds

The Agriculture and Commerce departments are rushing to review and approve $4.2 billion in stimulus law funding for broadband by Sept. 30, a report says.

Can the Apple iPad get any workplace respect?

Apple's iPad tablet computer is attracting some interested glances from government

U.S. approach to global cybersecurity falls short, GAO says

White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt should take action to deal with problems posed by global cyberspace policy questions, a report says.

Senator wants cybersecurity center at NIST

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) is pushing to establish a new cybersecurity center of excellence at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Tighter cybersecurity, innovation on Commerce wish list

The Commerce Department wants advice on how to improve commercial cybersecurity while sustaining innovation in the information economy.

Spill prompts NOAA to define its data management architecture

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is defining the architecture needed to effectively manage, store and disseminate data to the public and other agencies in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon-BP oil spill.

Training security personnel remains a challenge

Agencies are required under FISMA to provide training for IT security personnel, and the need to husband limited resources puts a high priority on matching appropriate levels of training with personnel. NIST offers some suggestions on meeting the challenge.

Obama makes $795M in broadband grants

Some $795 million will be spent for broadband development in rural and underserved areas in a second round of grants.

NOAA computer models predict coastal areas to be hit by oil spill

Computer modeling tracking wind and water motion predicts where the oil billowing from BP's ruptured well is likely to come ashore.

Obama to double commercial spectrum available for broadband development

Presidential memorandum calls for NTIA and FCC to identify 500 MHz of radio spectrum to be licensed for broadband connectivity over the next 10 years, and for development of technologies to make better use of this limited resource.

Tracking gulf oil spill efforts, in real time

Anyone with a Web browser and Internet connection can now track data related to the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill in real time.

Better cybersecurity depends on better information management

National Security Agency official Tony Sager says that sharing security information is not enough; information must be better managed to ensure that the right information about threats and vulnerabilities gets into the hands of those who need it.

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