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FERC News

Nominee for head of FERC withdraws

Ron Biz, Obama's nominee to be the nation's top energy regulator, withdrew Tuesday, conceding he did not have enough support for confirmation.

Wednesday - 10/02/2013, 02:14am EDT

FERC putting mobility at the center of IT upgrades

Sanjay Sardar, FERC's chief information officer, said the agency is building from the Telework Enhancements Act of 2010 to increase access to data and apps.
September 5, 2013

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 06:46pm EDT
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Mobile-minded CIOs point to importance of business case

Federal agencies across the government have dipped their toes in the mobile pond. While agencies have implemented the new technology for a variety of reasons, there are a couple of common lessons learned shared by the early adopters. Two federal chief information officers who have overseen their agency's mobile transitions shared best practices and compelling use-cases in a panel discussion as part of Federal News Radio's special series, Gov 3.0: It's Mobile.

Friday - 12/07/2012, 11:02am EST
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FERC goes back to Congress again for more cyber oversight

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said it needs authority to enforce cybersecurity standards. The agency also wants Congress to expand its jurisdiction over electric grid operators.

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 05:12am EDT
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Secure Cloud Computing-"Progress & Best Practices"

May 22nd at 12pm

Program will discuss Key Initiatives Around "Cloud Computing" in Government, Key Benefits Associated with Cloud Computing, Barriers or Contraints to still overcome, How to Address Security Concerns in a Cloud Computing Strategy, Private vs Public Clouds, A Future Vision for the next 1-2 Years in Cloud Computing

Tuesday - 05/08/2012, 12:11pm EDT
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Energy in focus: The future of power plants and the energy debate in Congress

On this week's Capital Impact show, energy analysts Rob Barnett and Richard Heidorn discuss the future of nuclear power. Plus, the latest on the congressional energy debate with Loren Duggan and Derek Wallbank.

Thursday - 05/03/2012, 04:49pm EDT
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Report: Electric-grid cybersecurity too fragmented

Jerry Grochow, a research affiliate at the MIT Energy Initiative and the former vice president for Information Services and Technology at MIT, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss how the federal government could reset its cyber priorities for the electric grid.

Thursday - 12/08/2011, 08:07pm EST
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FERC works on FISMA compliance

Sanjay Sardar, FERC's CIO, joined to discuss the agency's FISMA stance.

Friday - 12/02/2011, 06:22pm EST
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Snowmageddon without the snow

DC power outage leaves teleworkers flying the COOP.

Monday - 06/06/2011, 04:00am EDT

Outages continue, closing some federal offices

PEPCO's underground power network has failed again. Power was restored briefly last night. Then failed. Affected agencies will each make their own call on whether to open to this morning.

Thursday - 06/02/2011, 08:22am EDT
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thursday - 03/10/2011, 08:25pm EST
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This week in the cloud

NIST cloud guidelines address security, privacy concerns We told you last week about the two draft cloud documents NIST published. This week, Federal News Radio spoke with NIST computer scientists Lee Badger and Tim Grance about those docs. Federal News Radio host Chris Dorobek also discussed how agencies can take advantage of the costs and [...]

Sunday - 02/13/2011, 05:38pm EST

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

Wednesday - 10/13/2010, 09:40am EDT
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Smart grid changing FERC's work

We caught up with Commissioner Philip Moeller at a recent conference. He described how the smart grid initiative is affecting FERC and the kind of expertise it needs.

Wednesday - 11/25/2009, 10:37am EST
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New defense thinking needed for cyber era

Resilience, robustness more important than deterrence, experts say

Monday - 11/10/2008, 05:13pm EST
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