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Patent reform will also overhaul Patent Office workforce

Robert Stoll, the commissioner for patents at PTO joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to outline the new law and how it affects PTO.

Tags: USPTO , Robert Stoll , workforce , patent reform , hiring

Monday - 09/26/2011, 11:02am EDT
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NIST releases latest cyber guide for agency networks

The Commerce Department has issued the latest word on how to spot cybersecurity weaknesses in federal computer systems: It's called the "Guide for Conducting Risk Assessments," and it's been published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Tags: NIST , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update

Wednesday - 09/21/2011, 11:30am EDT

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.

Tags: Federal Drive , privacy rights , Daniel Weitzner , National Telecommunications and Information Admini

Friday - 01/07/2011, 09:41am EST
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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.

Tags: 2010 census , Gary Locke , Federal Drive , Suzanne Kubota , 2020 Census , National Export Initiative

Wednesday - 08/11/2010, 09:08am EDT
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Third time a Locke?

Tags: mngt , Gary Locke , DoC

Tuesday - 02/24/2009, 10:28am EST
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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.

Tags: contracting , Dan Gordon , OFPP , NASA , Cost reimbursement contracts , time-and-materials contracts , labor hours contracts , Jason Miller

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.

Tags: contracting , Jeff Zients , Dan Gordon , OFPP , OMB , service contracting , management support services , Campaign to Cut Waste , Jason Miller , Richard Ginman , Trey Hodgkins , Stan Soloway , TechAmerica , Professional Services Council , DoD

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.

Tags: technology , NIST , federal advisory boards , Courtney Thompson ,

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

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.

Tags: technology , Ari Schwartz , NIST , Center for Democracy and Technology , Software and Information Industry Association , Greg Nojeim , Mark MacCarthy , cybersecurity , NSTIC , standards , Jason Miller

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.

Tags: management , contracting , Gary Locke , PTO , performance management , enterprise software licenses , Partnership for Public Service , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/03/2011, 08:35am EDT
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