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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.

Tags: Jeff Neal , National Technical Information Service , management

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.

Tags: Todd Zinser , inspector general , oversight , In Depth

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:18pm EDT
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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.

Tags: Bruce Andrews , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 10:04am EDT
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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.

Tags: Deborah Cohn , Todd Zinser , IG , trademark , patent , hiring , investigation , USPTO , oversight

Monday - 07/14/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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Todd Zinser, Inspector General, Commerce Department

The Census Bureau is doing a good job following directions as it prepares for the 2020 census in the face of mandatory budget cuts the past two years. Todd Zinser is Inspector General of the Commerce Department. He's looking at how closely the Census Bureau is following its financial guidance for absorbing the cuts and preparing for 2020 and can still see some room to improve.

Tags: Todd Zinser , In Depth

Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:27pm EDT
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Todd Zinser, Inspector General, Commerce Department

A key IT problem at the Commerce Department turns out to be a communications problem. A breakdown in information exchange caused the response to a possible network breach at one of the agency's bureaus to be much worse than it had to be. Todd Zinser, inspector general at the Commerce Department, tells In Depth with Francis Rose where his team started in trying to diagnose the problem.

Tags: Todd Zinser , information technology , In Depth

Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 11:33am EDT
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Agencies highlight accomplishments, prepare for new performance goals

The White House will release an updated list of agency high-priority goals and cross-agency priority goals with the annual budget request to Congress in March. Meanwhile, the Office of Management and Budget detailed agency successes over the last two years in meeting current goals.

Tags: management , performance goals , OMB , Beth Cobert , Treasury Department , Nani Coloretti , Patrick Gallagher , NIST , Performance.gov , Performance Improvement Council , Jason Miller

Friday - 02/14/2014, 05:07am EST
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NOAA cancels hiring freeze, lifts training ban

Kathryn Sullivan, the acting under secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, sent an email to staff today announcing she was lifting the hiring freeze ban on non-mandatory training NOAA put in place last year to offset the impact of sequestration.

Tags: NOAA , Kathryn Sullivan , sequestration , hiring freeze , training , workforce , Michael OConnell , NWS , NWSEO

Friday - 01/31/2014, 01:57pm EST

CIO shuffle continues at SBA, DHS, OPM

SBA, OPM have new CIOs as the carousel in government IT spins once again.

Tags: SBA , OPM , Chase Garwood , DHS , Renee Macklin , OMB , Beth Cobert , Jason Miller , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Donna Seymour

Friday - 12/20/2013, 06:09pm EST

EDA's overreaction to cyber attack highlights every agency's challenge

The Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration spent almost $3 million to remediate a cyber attack that really didn't happen. Commerce's inspector general found the attack infected only two outgoing email servers and not more than half of EDA's systems. Two cybersecurity experts say other agencies can learn from EDA's year-long unnecessary and expensive recovery.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Economic Development Administration , Joseph Beal , CCSI , Venu Ayala , Zen Strategics , oversight , Jason Miller

Monday - 07/08/2013, 05:34am EDT
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