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Department of Commerce News

Irene another test of D.C.'s disaster prep

Already bruised by an earthquake that damaged two of its iconic structures, the nation's capital was watching and waiting Saturday for its first hurricane in more than a half-century, a storm that could test its ability to protect both national treasures and vulnerable residents.

Saturday - 08/27/2011, 11:44pm EDT

Agencies slowly moving to fixed-price contracts

A new report from OFPP finds agencies spent a billion dollars less on time-and-materials and labor hours type contracts in 2010. Still, OFPP found an overall increase in cost-reimbursement type contracts. Agencies have a goal to reduce by 10 percent these types of contracts, which the administration calls risky.

Tuesday - 07/12/2011, 07:02am EDT
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Agencies must cut service contracting by 15 percent

OMB will tell agencies to focus on management support service contracts and reduce spending by $6 billion. OMB said contracting for management support services grew at a faster rate than other types of contracting. The initiative is part of the administration's Campaign to Cut Waste.

Thursday - 07/07/2011, 02:20pm EDT
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NIST seeks new advisory board members

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is accepting nominations to their nine advisory boards.

Wednesday - 07/06/2011, 01:38pm EDT

Commerce to buy IT more strategically

CIO Simon Szykman said the department has a goal of $50 million in savings through strategic sourcing and that commodity technology will play a big role in achieving that mark. He said the agency also is looking at expanding NOAA's IT services contract so the rest of the department can use it.

Friday - 06/17/2011, 05:52pm EDT
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Commerce asks for cybersecure business ideas

The Department of Commerce wants your ideas on the cybersecurity in an Internet-connected economy. Find out how you can comment on the department's report "Cybersecurity, Innovation and the Internet Economy".

Thursday - 06/16/2011, 06:50pm EDT

Interagency group to promote job creation

Thursday - 06/16/2011, 06:06pm EDT
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Commerce recommends a new internet security plan

The Cybersecurity, Innovation and the Internet Economy report charges the Commerce Department with bringing together non-critical infrastructure businesses to improve the security of their computers and systems. This is the fourth cybersecurity strategy or proposal from the administration since April. Commerce will act as a convener to help create voluntary standards.

Thursday - 06/09/2011, 07:46am EDT
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Locke infuses new performance culture at Commerce

The outgoing secretary said he has focused on achieving stretch goals and impressing upon employees to look at their jobs differently. Gary Locke initiated changes to how Commerce does budget planning, buys goods and services and serve their customers.

Friday - 06/03/2011, 08:35am EDT
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Obama selects businessman Bryson for Commerce post

Seeking to boost exports and accelerate the growth of the U.S. alternative energy industry, President Barack Obama is bringing in business executive and environmentalist John Bryson to lead the Commerce Department.

Tuesday - 05/31/2011, 05:13pm EDT

Obama to name Bryson as Commerce head

Tuesday - 05/31/2011, 01:07pm EDT

Where's the (telework) money?

Remember the idea of a stipend to help pay for the technology you REALLY want?

Monday - 05/30/2011, 04:00am EDT

How is mobile changing your workforce?

Federal News Radio looks at how rapid advances in mobile devices and applications are redefining what it means to be a federal manager on the go, with panelists Simon Szykman at Commerce and the FAA's Robert Corcoran.

Friday - 05/27/2011, 03:53pm EDT
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Commerce, Labor could merge to form new agency

Sen. Richard Burr (R.-N.C.) introduced legislation forming the Commerce and Workforce Department using recommendations of GAO and the deficit commission. Thirty-five offices would be consolidated into 12 and funding of seven programs or initiatives would be reduced or eliminated.

Friday - 05/27/2011, 12:27pm EDT
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Control versus oversight at the CIO level

Commerce CIO Simon Szykman explains how the role of the bureau CIO is different from a department CIO.

Monday - 05/16/2011, 10:08am EDT
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Commerce launches new site for newbies

A new Commerce Department website aims to give schools, libraries and job training centers the tools to help teach computer and Internet skills to Americans who are new to the Net.

Monday - 05/16/2011, 09:30am EDT

Consolidating data centers? Look out for these problems.

Your agency is consolidating data centers, but you might run into a few problems along the way. The Commerce Department has closed six. Simon Szykman, CIO for Commerce, explains how to make this consolidation process as smooth as possible.

Tuesday - 05/03/2011, 04:28pm EDT
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Sources: FCC chair could be new Commerce head

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski could replace Gary Locke as Secretary of Commerce, sources tell The Hill.

Tuesday - 03/08/2011, 02:20pm EST

Many agencies are not under a hiring freeze

Federal News Radio surveyed 10 agencies to find out how they are preparing for a shutdown, and how operating under a continuing resolution is affecting their operations.

Thursday - 03/03/2011, 07:46pm EST

Feds could be fined for working during a shutdown

With shutdown threats coming and going and coming again, morale is down across the federal landscape. If a shutdown were to happen, furloughed feds couldn't even hide themselves in their work! We get details from Patent & Trademark's CFO, Tony Scardino.

Thursday - 03/03/2011, 10:08am EST
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