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6:31 am, April 24, 2014

FCC News

Kate Tummarello, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

The Federal Communications Commission has released a plan for auctioning off radio spectrum next year, but it still has tough decisions to make. The tech industry wants the FCC to set aside more free, unlicensed airwaves, but that won't help the government generate more revenue. Kate Tummarello, a staff writer at the Hill Newspaper, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what the FCC plans to do.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 11:02am EDT
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FCC's Bray empowering business owners through technology, choices

David Bray has been the FCC's chief information officer for about two months and already has six priorities to improve how the commission meets its mission.
January 2, 2014

Thursday - 01/02/2014, 04:06am EST
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Words from the wise: How 3 agencies attained best places to work status

NASA, the Patent and Trademark Office and the Federal Communications Commission found success by engaging both managers and employees. All three agencies earned high marks in the annual Best Places to Work survey.

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 04:30am EST
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FCC's Bray empowering business owners through technology, choices

David Bray has been the FCC's chief information officer for about two months and already has six priorities to improve how the commission meets its mission.
November 14, 2013

Thursday - 11/14/2013, 04:06am EST
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Why investing in the public sector matters

The success of the U.S. private sector is connected to a healthy U.S. public sector, and we are letting our public sector deteriorate, says David Bray, CIO of the FCC.

Monday - 10/14/2013, 12:09pm EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: OMB adds clarity to new cyber policy; Cyber risks during shutdown overstated; OASIS delayed inde

The White House is finalizing its first major cybersecurity policy in more than three years.

Friday - 10/04/2013, 04:36pm EDT

AP source: Obama picks Wheeler to head FCC

AP source: Obama to nominate former telecom industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler to head FCC

Tuesday - 04/30/2013, 05:40pm EDT

FCC Chairman Genachowski to step down

FCC Chairman Genachowski confirms plans to step down in coming weeks

Monday - 03/25/2013, 05:10pm EDT

USDA seeks authority to transfer funds to offset sequestration cuts

Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack can move money in-between accounts within the same bureau, but not across the agency under a special provision called Interchange Authority. Vilsack has officially asked Congress for use of that authority in an effort to stunt the negative effects of sequestration at his agency. At at recent House hearing, Republican lawmakers questioned why more agencies haven't movasked Congress for similar permission.

Wednesday - 03/20/2013, 05:51am EDT
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Agencies fan out en masse to help recovery efforts

FEMA pre-positioned people and equipment along the East Coast before Hurricane Sandy arrived. The FCC, which is monitoring communications networks, said about 25 percent of all cell sites were down.

Tuesday - 10/30/2012, 08:32pm EDT
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Big data gauntlet thrown down for agencies

Three agencies launched the Big Data Challenge Wednesday asking for ideas to bring together disparate data sets that help agencies meet their missions better. The contest is part of the administration's national big data development effort. The TechAmerica Foundation also released a new report to help agencies understand and use information more effectively.

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 05:13am EDT
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GAO says mobile malware attacks have tripled in less than a year

The Government Accountability Office said reports of malware targeting mobile devices have nearly tripled in less than a year.

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 10:18am EDT

Federal Drive interviews - Aug. 28

Jamal Mazrui of the FCC previews an event next week to invite app developers to make more disability-accessible products. Procurement lawyer Joe Petrillo breaks down a decision on the 8(a) program that was 17 years in the making.

Tuesday - 08/28/2012, 08:41am EDT

Power outages pull broadband communications oversight to forefront

A former FCC official is calling for more accountability of emergency communication systems in the wake of the 911 failures during a June storm that pummeled the Washington metro area.

Thursday - 08/16/2012, 11:28am EDT
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Federal Drive interviews -- May 31

FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell discusses today's House hearing considering a proposal to reign in the Internet. Yvonne Jones of the Government Accountability Office explains why agencies are falling short in hiring more workers with disabilities.

Thursday - 05/31/2012, 09:17am EDT

Wireless startup LightSquared files for bankruptcy

LightSquared Inc., which hoped to create an independent wireless broadband network in the U.S., filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday.

Monday - 05/14/2012, 04:42pm EDT

FCC, NIST leading fight against 'zombie armies'

A new Internet Botnet Group will bring together federal and industry experts to try to stem the tide against botnet attacks. Experts estimate one in 10 computers are controlled by bad actors using malicious software to attack organizations. FCC working groups released three reports with recommendations for improve cybersecurity.

Friday - 03/23/2012, 05:15am EDT

LightSquared tries to revive broadband network

A Virginia company is trying to revive its plan for a national high-speed wireless network, arguing that it can address federal regulators' concerns over interference with GPS devices.

Monday - 03/19/2012, 05:51pm EDT

FCC asks private ISP providers to fight cyber threats

A new FCC report finds the providers have the power to crack down on attacks like botnets, domain name fraud and IP address hijacking.

Friday - 02/24/2012, 08:02am EST

Van Dyck joins OMB to work on mobile, .gov reform efforts

Van Dyck comes to the E-Government and IT office to work as a policy analyst after working at the FCC and most recently USAID.

Tuesday - 02/21/2012, 04:54pm EST
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