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ATF, FERC, GSA offices closed due to power outage

About 3,400 customers in the Washington region are without power amid a heat wave. Among them, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and ATF, prompting them to close for the day. Employees are encouraged to telework as possible.

Tags: management , ATF , Pepco , power outage , telework , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/01/2011, 11:38am EDT
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Lawmakers mull new cyber powers for FERC

The House is preparing to once again take up legislation that would grant the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission new authority to order private electrical grid operators to take emergency action in the event of a cyber attack or a new vulnerability. The power would extend to bulk electric systems and parts of the grid that supply electricity to Defense infrastructure that is critical to national security.

Tags: Congress , technology , cybersecurity , DoD , critical infrastructure , National Electric Reliability Corporation , White House , Energy and Commerce Committee , Paul Stockton , Joseph McClelland , Franklin Kramer , Stuxnet , Barry Lawson , National Rural Electric Cooperative Association , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 06/01/2011, 07:07am EDT
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Cyber jurisdiction of grid in dispute

There are some concerns about which agency has cybersecurity oversight of state-jurisdictional electric lines. NERC's Gerry Cauley explains what they are, and what he thinks should be done.

Tags: Federal Drive , cybersecurity , NERC , Gerry Cauley

Thursday - 05/12/2011, 10:08am EDT
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Cybersecurity jurisdiction: NERC or FERC?

A draft US Senate committee bill that would give the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission limited cybersecurity oversight of state-jurisdictional electric distribution lines has been met with concerns.

Tags: Federal Drive , Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , NERC ,

Friday - 05/06/2011, 08:30am EDT

Slow cyber progress puts critical infrastructure at risk

Even in a year in which the Stuxnet attack targeted critical infrastructure systems and attacks on grid operators rose dramatically, operators of critical infrastructure around the world took few steps to increase their cyber defenses, a new report found.

Tags: technology , management , cybersecurity , critical infrastructure , Stuxnet , McAfee , Center for Strategic and International Studies , DHS , White House , Michael Peters , Stewart Baker , Jared Serbu , Cybersecurity Update

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 08:30am EDT
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CIO Council to build a community for all

New vice chairman of the CIO Council Richard Spires said he wants small and large agencies to learn from each other when it comes to implementing IT reforms. Small agencies have a different type of challenge than larger ones in implementing OMB's 25-point plan.

Tags: technology , Richard Spires , Brett Bobley , Sanjay Sardar , DHS , NEH , OMB , CIO Council , IT reforms , Jason Miller

Thursday - 03/10/2011, 08:25pm EST
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NIST finds five steps to a smarter grid

NIST says it's identified five "foundational" sets of standards for Smart Grid interoperability and cyber security that are ready for consideration by federal and state energy regulators. Details from NIST's George Arnold

Tags: Federal Drive , technology , Smart Grid , NIST , interoperability , management , George Arnold

Wednesday - 10/13/2010, 09:40am EDT
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