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Commerce Secretary Pritzker layers people, customer service throughout strategic goals

After nearly a year on the job, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is overseeing progress against five strategic pillars, including innovation, trade and management. She said she's trying to make sure employees feel connected to the vision and mission of the agency.

Tags: management , Penny Pritzker , people , workforce , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 05/15/2014, 04:11am EDT
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'Broken' pay system driving SES out of government

More than half of senior executives surveyed by the Senior Executives Association are reporting "low" or "very low" morale with their jobs. The problem lies with a pay-for-performance system where some supervisors make less money than the people they lead. Increasing numbers of senior executive service members are ready to leave the federal government altogether.

Tags: SES , SEA , USDA , DoD , Best Places to Work , Partnership for Public Service , workforce , pay , Veterans Affairs , Interior Department , general schedule , Sean McCalley

Friday - 05/02/2014, 12:49pm EDT

New report seeks balance between big data benefits, privacy risks

A new report from the Big Data and Privacy Working Group makes six-actionable policy recommendations for how the White House can address privacy concerns raised by big data technology.

Tags: big data , privacy , John Podesta , Penny Pritzker , technology , NIST , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 04:47pm EDT

Holly Vineyard, International Trade Administration

The Commerce Department's International Trade Administration will open an office in Myanmar, also known as Burma. The country's economy, once virtually closed, is now growing at more than 6.5 percent a year. The decision to open an office is part of an effort to help U.S. businesses navigate emerging markets in Asia and Africa. Holly Vineyard, deputy assistant secretary for Asia at the International Trade Administration, explained to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp why Commerce picked Myanmar for the first new office.

Tags: Holly Vineyard , International Trade Administration , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Friday - 04/25/2014, 10:43am EDT
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White House issues new tools to fight patent trolls

Federal CTO Todd Park and other White House officials unveiled a new set of initiatives Thursday designed to help businesses and consumers avoid unnecessary and costly patent litigation.

Tags: Todd Park , Gene Sperling , Patty Pritzker , Michelle Lee , patent trolls , patent reform , USPTO , Michael OConnell

Friday - 02/21/2014, 04:05pm EST

Commerce CIO Szykman to leave after 7 years

Simon Szykman announced to staff today he is leaving the agency to work in the private sector. He said he has no plans yet and will stay at the agency until a new CIO is hired. Additionally, Anil Karmel has left the NNSA after serving more than two years as the deputy chief technology officer to launch his own cloud computing company.

Tags: people , Simon Szykman , Anil Karmel , NNSA , C2 Labs , Jason Miller

Thursday - 02/20/2014, 03:34pm EST

VA adds, NIST loses senior executive

The Senate confirmed Sloan Gibson to be the next deputy secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Patrick Gallagher, is heading off to academia.

Tags: people , VA , NIST , Sloan Gibson , Patrick Gallagher , Jason Miller

Thursday - 02/13/2014, 09:24am EST

Commerce reaps savings through collaborative strategic-sourcing effort

The chief information and chief technology offices at the Commerce Department have generated more than $200 million in savings by taking a collaborative approach to purchasing IT and cybersecurity products.

Tags: Simon Szykman , A New Era in Technology , IT acquisition , cybersecurity , strategic sourcing , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 01:39pm EST
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NWS getting out of commodity IT through cloud, shared services

Iftikhar Jamil, the associate chief information officer for weather at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said the National Weather Service moved its high performance computing capabilities to a private cloud and is developing dissemination-as-a-service.
October 31, 2013

Tags: technology , National Weather Service , Iftikhar Jamil , cloud computing , shared services , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller , NOAA

Thursday - 10/31/2013, 07:56pm EDT
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Agencies exploring the right balance between open data, security

HHS is using big data to improve the cybersecurity of their systems, but also using a layered approach to protect the information. Commerce wants to improve the governance and usability of its data. USDA is creating a big data strategy.

Tags: technology , big data , cybersecuirty , HHS , Kevin Charest , Simon Syzkman , NSF , Fen Zhao , USDA , Charles McClam , information sharing , Jason Miller

Friday - 09/27/2013, 05:39am EDT
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