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What is the Economic Development Administration?

Jay Williams, assistant secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, will talk about what the U.S. Economic Development Administration is doing to create jobs and generate private investment in the nation's economically distressed communities.
September 12, 2014

Friday - 09/12/2014, 09:57pm EDT
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Tom Karygiannis, National Institute of Standards and Technology

It seems like the whole world is going mobile, and that includes the federal government. Agencies are using more and more apps for collaboration and productivity. But some apps increase the potential for exposing government data. To help you guard against these security risks, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is providing tips to the federal community for vetting third-party apps. Computer Scientist, Tom Karygiannis, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the guidelines.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 10:06am EDT
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Sokwoo Rhee, National Institute of Standards and Technology

The National Institute of Standards and Technology kicks off the Global City Teams Challenge in September. Tech-savvy members from the federal government and private sector will come together to address issues including air quality, traffic management and emergency services coordination, all through the use of smart technology. Sokwoo Rhee, associate director for Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems at NIST, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what the agency hopes to accomplish.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 08:53am EDT
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Saving money by making money: One engineer's quest saves millions at the US Mint

A savings of $2 million per year is now being realized at the U.S. Mint after an innovative engineer stepped out of the box and asked a friend at another federal agency for help. In part three of our special report, Rainmakers and Money Savers, Federal News Radio takes you inside the lab where a group of engineers and nanotribologists combined their expertise to solve a coin-making problem and, in turn, saved a lot of cash.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:24am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

A report on employees' abuse of telework is damaging a Patent and Trademark Office program long held as a model for other agencies. PTO's challenges demonstrate the need for the government to update the rules that define what work means. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why PTO's problems are the next hurdle every agency must jump through to make telework successful. Read Jason's related article .

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 09:21am EDT
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PTO's telework troubles open new pothole in feds' road to success

The Patent and Trademark Office's challenges demonstrate the need for the government to modernize its rules defining what it means to perform work. Experts say PTO's challenges are part of the growing pains of telework.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:51am EDT
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Everything old is new again

A Senate bill would abolish the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), an agency that serves as a repository for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering and business-related information. But Jeff Neal says there is more to consider than just how the Internet has changed the storage and retrieval of information.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 03:58am EDT

Todd Zinser, Inspector General, Commerce Department

Among advocates of telework within the federal government, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is often seen as the gold standard. But over a period of about four years, one group of PTO employees -- mostly teleworkers -- literally got paid for doing nothing. And it wasn't a secret. Managers within the Patent Trial and Appeal Board even devised a special pay code for time when employees were on the clock but weren't working: "Other Time." Those findings are part of a new report from the Commerce Department Inspector General's office. Todd Zinzer is the Commerce IG; on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he explained how widespread this problem was.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:18pm EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Category management launches five pilots; more vendor past performance data

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:51pm EDT

Bruce Andrews, Acting Deputy Secretary, Commerce Department

Secretary Penny Pritzker has big plans for all the data coming out of the Commerce Department's agencies. To lead this new open data strategy Commerce officials have created a new position. They're currently taking applications for a chief data officer. Bruce Andrews is acting deputy secretary of Commerce. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain what they're trying to accomplish.

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 10:04am EDT
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New captain, advisers leading Commerce more deeply into open data

The Department of Commerce will hire its first-ever chief data officer, Secretary Penny Pritzker said recently. Pritzker also is establishing a data advisory council and introducing a "developer portal," which she said will help advance the agency's open data initiatives.

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 04:28am EDT

NOAA faced with tough choices as hurricane-tracking planes near end of lifespan

NOAA planes used for tracking and forecasting hurricanes -- known as the P-3 Orion -- are reaching the end of their lifespan, according to a report published by the Government Accountability Office.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 10:25am EDT

PTO commissioner illegally intervened in hiring

An executive in the Patent and Trademark Office was found to have violated several federal laws when she used her position to get a relative's boyfriend a job in her agency. The inspector general of the Commerce Department investigated the matter after getting a tip from a whistleblower.

Monday - 07/14/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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NSA revamps processes to more quickly approve commercial technology

The National Information Assurance Partnership, the U.S. implementation of what was supposed to be a faster, cheaper process to verify the cybersecurity of commercial IT products, turned out to be so slow and expensive that few companies could afford to go through it. But officials said they hope a recent overhaul in the procedures will breathe new life into the program.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 04:35am EDT
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Hail to the You-Know-Who Persons!!!

What happens when a tiny federal agency tells a man worth billions of dollars that his business is racist and offensive? It boils down to what's in a name, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 02:00am EDT

NWS enlists help to spread message, improve storm preparation

The National Weather Service launched the ambassador program in February, and it now has more than 350 private sector, state, local, federal agency and other partners. The ambassador program is part of the NWS Weather Ready Nation effort to set an example of how to prepare for weather related events.

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 03:59am EDT
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James Franklin, Branch Chief, NOAA's Hurricane Specialist Unit

One of the most damaging aspects of hurricanes is not the storm itself — it is what happens afterwards. Both Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy showed communities were not prepared for the storm surges and flooding. This hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is rolling out new tools to improve forecasts and communication. James Franklin is the branch chief in NOAA's hurricane specialist unit. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive from the National Hurricane Center.

Friday - 06/13/2014, 10:56am EDT
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Steve Cooper's coming back to government as Commerce CIO

The former FAA and DHS CIO is taking a third tour of duty in government and will replace Simon Szykman.

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 06:15pm EDT

Jon Boyens, National Institute of Standards and Technology

It keeps getting easier to manufacture a counterfeit computer chip. Experts say federal information systems increasingly are at risk because of flaws in their supply chains. It is not just a question of fake parts. Genuine ones that have been tampered with, or are just poorly made, can cause damage. The National Institute of Standards and Technology is revising guidelines for agencies to help them secure their supply chains. Jon Boyens is an IT specialist in the security outreach and integration group at NIST. He spoke with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 10:21am EDT
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Todd Dickinson, American Intellectual Property Law Association

The Patent and Trademark Office has been going without a confirmed director for a year and a half. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah.) has urged President Obama to nominate somebody already. He thinks the vacancy "hampers the agency's ability to influence policy and make long term-plans." Todd Dickinson is a former PTO director, now executive director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what's going on at the agency.

Friday - 06/06/2014, 09:45am EDT
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