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6:40 am, March 27, 2015

Department of Commerce News

Ian Kalin, Chief Data Officer, Department of Commerce

The Commerce Department recently hired its first ever chief data officer. The inaugural role went to Ian Kalin. He's a Navy veteran and came over from the private sector, having worked at Google and startups like Socrata. There, he helped modernize data and transparency programs. His first day on the job was Monday. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on his new position.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 12:09pm EDT
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Cardin: Feds are not 'faceless, nameless bureaucrats'

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) pledged to showcase the work of federal employees during a town hall meeting at the Census Bureau. He also suggested that they brag a little about achievements that seem to go unnoticed on Capitol Hill.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 11:00am EDT

Michelle Lee to lead patent office, filling two-year vacancy

The Senate on Monday confirmed Michelle Lee as director of the Patent and Trademark Office. She had been deputy director since January 2014.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 11:01am EDT

Mark Doms, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, Commerce Dept.

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker recently revealed the 19 members of the department's new Commerce Data Advisory Council (C-DAC). The council will help guide the department's data strategy aimed at helping it work smarter and more efficiently, and how it deploys data for public use. Mark Doms, the under secretary for Economic Affairs, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the council and what it will do.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 09:31am EDT
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Commerce invites employees to bring forth innovative ideas

Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews said while lawmakers decide whether to fund the White House's $3 million request to set up an Idea Lab, the department already released a new online tool to collect employee ideas.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 04:36am EST
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OMB's A-123 rewrite to flip risk management on its head

Mike Wetklow, an Office of Management and Budget official, said the expected changes to Circular A-123 will ask agencies to view risk management in a different way.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 05:21pm EST

Commerce to pilot big data technology

Steve Cooper, the chief information officer at the Commerce Department, said the agency needs better storage technologies and analytical tools to make better sense of the huge amount of data Commerce collects each day. During an exclusive Federal News Radio online chat, Cooper also discussed his IT priorities around shared services and FedRAMP, as well as upcoming procurements.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 01:00pm EST

Commerce's IT modernization is all about shared services

Steve Cooper, the Commerce Department's CIO, said the agency is looking to move four back-office functions to a private sector provider over the next two years.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 04:22am EST
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Commerce's ITA getting out of IT business

Joe Paiva, the International Trade Administration's CIO, said he wants to outsource the agency's network, device management and printing to the private sector.

Friday - 01/30/2015, 08:46am EST
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The FirstNet mission

What are the strategic priorities for FirstNet? How is FirstNet pursuing its outreach strategy with key stakeholders? What is FirstNet doing to use collaboration and partnership to meet mission? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with TJ Kennedy, Acting General Manager, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), U.S. Department of Commerce.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 01:48pm EST

CIOs on the move: High rate of senior IT executive departures in 2014 cuts both ways

Federal News Radio has been tracking the turnover of CIOs and other senior level IT officials between November 2013 and October 2014. All combined, the 23 total CIOs or senior IT leaders that either left government or changed jobs within government had 96 years of experience and their average tenure was 4.2 years.

Thursday - 01/15/2015, 03:59am EST
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Scott McIntyre, U.S. Public Sector Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers

PricewaterhouseCoopers Public Sector Practice has won a Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. It's the first services provider to win a Baldridge in 15 years. Since 1987, the Commerce Department has been authorized by Congress to make up to 18 awards each year across six categories. PwC's U.S. Public Sector practice leader, Scott McIntyre, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to provide with more on what it takes to make it through the selection process.

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 10:12am EST
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Kirit Amin lands as CIO of International Trade Commission

Two VA IT finance executives are retiring after more than 70 years of combined experience in government.

Friday - 12/19/2014, 04:33pm EST

Cherry-picking OSTP experts for new jobs

Harvard, the Commerce Department and the Office of Management and Budget are stealing away three senior executives from the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:34am EST

Commerce takes bigger oversight role in its bureaus' cybersecurity

Cybersecurity within the Commerce Department has traditionally been overseen and managed by its 14 individual bureaus. Those agencies will still operate their own IT systems, but a new Commercewide oversight center will aggregate all information about the department's vulnerabilities into a single dashboard to be used by senior management.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 03:33am EST
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Big data, cloud computing, and other IT topics

Simon Szykman, chief technology for a wide ranging discussion of the IT challenges facing federal agencies.
November 24, 2014

Monday - 11/24/2014, 08:52pm EST
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Commerce throwing a life raft to those drowning in its data

Mark Doms, the Commerce Department's undersecretary for Economic Affairs, said the agency is hiring a chief data officer, setting up a Data Advisory Council and looking to private sector experts to make its information more accessible and easier to use. Commerce also is testing mapping and other tools to improve the presentation of data.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 06:37pm EST
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Mark Doms, Undersecretary for Economic Affairs, Commerce Department

The Commerce Department is partly responsible for the explosion of data from the government. The Census Bureau alone conducts about 80 different surveys a year. NOAA produces 29 terabytes of data a day. So the department is focusing on accessibility and education about its data to rescue public and private sector users from drowning in its data. Mark Doms, undersecretary for economic affairs at the Commerce Department, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about current and future plans to better manage its information.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 04:42pm EST
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Ellen Herbst, Chief Financial Officer, Commerce Department

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows to report to Congress on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government. Ellen Herbst is the chief financial officer and assistant secretary for administration at the Commerce Department. She's also one of the newly elected NAPA fellows. Herbst joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain how she can contribute to the academy's work.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:11am EST
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Kevin Mahoney, Chief Human Capital Officer, Commerce Department

Breaking down silos within agencies and across agencies is one of the goals of the new President's Management Agenda from the White House and the Office of Management and Budget. One of the keys to breaking down silos, according to experts in leadership and management, is communication. Kevin Mahoney, Chief Human Capital Officer of the Commerce Department, was on a panel Federal News Radio's Francis Rose moderated at the Executive Leadership Conference last week. Mahoney talked about the theme of communication among C-level executives on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 05:39pm EST
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