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10:24 pm, November 21, 2014

Department of Commerce News

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

Updated 32 minutes, 41 seconds ago
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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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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.
October 31, 2014

Friday - 10/31/2014, 09:57pm EDT
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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 - 10/27/2014, 01:48pm EDT

Former Commerce CIO Szykman lands in the private sector

Simon Szykman is joining Attain as its chief technology officer of the federal services division.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 09:38am EDT

Todd Zinser, Inspector General, Commerce Department

The Inspector General of the Commerce Department has a new list of his agency's top five management challenges. But he also knows where to find the answers. Todd Zinser says solutions -- like how using data can transform Commerce's interactions with its customers -- can be found in the department's long-term strategic plan. Todd shared the solutions on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 04:14pm EDT
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Mark Doms, Undersecretary for Economic Affairs, Commerce Department

Some of the Commerce Department's prime data will be easier for other agencies and the public to find, thanks to a collaboration with New York University. Their Governance Laboratory lists seven key areas for the agency to improve to make its data more valuable. Mark Doms is Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how the partnership got started, how it will work, and who wins.

Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:07pm EDT
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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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