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Department of Commerce News

CommerceConnect program is expanding

Newly cross-trained Commerce staff working in existing local department offices are beginning to assist Chicago area businesses in collaboration with state and local partners. We get details from Commerce's Dennis Alvord.

Tuesday - 02/15/2011, 10:41am EST
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16 agencies sign on to help military families

Caring for the families of military personnel requires a coordinated approach across the federal government, President Obama said Monday. He said agencies have made 50 separate commitments to coordinate programs designed to assist the loved ones of servicemembers.

Tuesday - 01/25/2011, 06:58am EST
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What is the government’s role in cloud computing?

The Commerce Department and the National Institute of Standards and Technology are trying to figure out what the federal governmentâ"™s role in cloud computing should be. The agencies are hosting a panel discussion Tuesday with industry leaders and experts from academia to discuss this as well as other national needs. A media advisory from the [...]

Sunday - 01/23/2011, 05:47pm EST

Downsizing, Relocations, Benefit Reductions Up Next?

If you want a preview of coming attractions in your own agency, check out what is happening in the giant US Postal Service. It is looking at a major cutback of administrative personnel, consolidating post offices and relocating employees, not to mention possible pay and benefit changes. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you could be next.

Wednesday - 01/19/2011, 04:00am EST

Trusted ID strategy distrusted by some

An internet ID for Americans would be different from a national ID card... or would it?

Monday - 01/10/2011, 08:30am EST

Commerce proposes creating privacy rights policy

The Dept. of Commerce calls for consideration of a new set of principles - A "Privacy Bill of Rights". National Telecommunications and Information Administration's Daniel Weitzner explains the move.

Friday - 01/07/2011, 09:41am EST
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Commerce says a privacy office is needed

The Commerce Department recommended forming the office as part of a framework for ensuring online data privacy.

Friday - 12/17/2010, 09:30am EST

Commerce's international data at risk

A World Privacy Forum points to indifference and neglect at the Commerce Department when it comes to international data privacy.

Monday - 11/22/2010, 03:30pm EST

Obama to set up watchdog for online privacy

Friday - 11/12/2010, 01:15pm EST

White House launches Subcommittee on Privacy and Internet Policy

White House launches Subcommittee on Privacy and Internet Policy to both promote online economic opportunities and protect individual privacy.

Monday - 10/25/2010, 02:15pm EDT

In case of emergency, pull on telework

Telework proves itself again when a Continuity of Operations Plan comes together.

Friday - 10/08/2010, 06:44pm EDT

Fire closes Commerce's Hoover Building

A fire at the U.S. Department of Commerce has shut down the Hoover Building in D.C.. Construction workers had been doing asbestos abatement when the fire started in a storage room. Crews were able to quickly put out the fire but employees are being encouraged to take administrative leave or telework.

Friday - 10/08/2010, 07:02am EDT

OMB, CIO Council issues new IPv6 guidance

Agencies must make their data networks compliant with the IPv6 protocol now. The government and private industry face a looming crisis as Internet addresses defined by an increasingly dated technical protocol run out, possibly as early as next year. Agencies must first upgrade external servers to run the new protocol.

Tuesday - 09/28/2010, 03:50pm EDT
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Szykman expands point of view as Commerce's new CIO

This week, host Jason Miller talks with Simon Szykman, the new CIO at the Department of Commerce.
September 16, 2010

Thursday - 09/16/2010, 06:30pm EDT
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Commerce's Locke promises changes

A new advisory council will provide Commerce and other agencies with ideas for how the government can help push federally-funded technologies into the commercial marketplace. Locke said his agency will do its part by speeding up the patent process to one year and get certain grant funding out in 30 days. Commerce also is working with NIH and NSF on the i6 Challenge where $12 million is available for companies to commercialize technologies.

Wednesday - 09/08/2010, 07:24am EDT
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Locke: Commerce cashes in on principles

Census 2010 goes from "most likely to fail" to $1.6 billion in the black. Federal News Radio talks with the Secretary of the Department of Commerce, Gary Locke, about the turnaround and what's on the horizon for the department.

Wednesday - 08/11/2010, 09:08am EDT
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Lawmakers vary on Census savings claim

The Commerce Department says that as things stand the 2010 Census is now expected to come in on schedule and 22 percent under budget, meaning a savings of $1.6 billion in 2010. Congressional reaction to the news is split along party lines with some lawmakers praising the efforts of the Census Bureau to do an accurate and cost-effective population count - while one lawmaker calls the claims "smoke and mirrors."

Wednesday - 08/11/2010, 07:07am EDT
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2010 Census saved $1.6 billion

Bureau Director Groves and Commerce Secretary Locke announced the savings today. Officials say Census saved money for three reasons, including not having to tap into a reserve fund in case of emergency.

Tuesday - 08/10/2010, 08:00am EDT

Commerce needs help managing the Internet

Group tries to build trust in cyberspace, Thumbs up for cyber coordination

Monday - 08/09/2010, 08:30am EDT
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