Commerce

Commerce agency still offline 12 weeks after virus hits

A virus that hit the Economic Development Administration in January has forced employees to work by faxes, postal mail and phone calls ever since.

5 ways to benefit from NIST's cloud road map now

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's top cloud computing executive offers five steps agencies can take to benefit from the government's cloud tech road map.

Commerce wants ideas on cyber strategy for online businesses

The department is seeking input on its recommendation to establish voluntary codes of responsible behavior for noncritical companies doing business online.

Task force wants voluntary cybersecurity code for online businesses

A Commerce Department task force recommends establishing codes of responsible behavior for noncritical companies doing business online, along with economic and other incentives for adopting best practices and standards for cybersecurity.

FTC asked to investigate years-old Facebook security flaw

A vulnerability left users' account information exposed, potentially giving advertisers and others access.

Internet ID system challenge: Balance security and privacy

The Commerce Department will oversee development and implementation of a secure “identity ecosystem” that will be outlined in the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, but the private sector must build it.

Demographic gaps persist in broadband Internet use

Although broadband usage has increased dramatically over the last eight years, a new Commerce Department analysis shows that disparities between demographic groups persist that are not accounted for by income or education.

NIST late to start work after getting paid, GAO says

Auditors scold the National Institute of Standards and Technology for taking too long to deliver results on research studies paid for by federal agencies.

Back to school: Meet NIST's leader for national cybersecurity education

Federal Computer Week spoke today with Ernest McDuffie, who is leading the National Institute of Standards and Technology's coordination of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education.

The rush is on to approve applications for broadband funds

The Agriculture and Commerce departments are rushing to review and approve $4.2 billion in stimulus law funding for broadband by Sept. 30, a report says.

Can the Apple iPad get any workplace respect?

Apple's iPad tablet computer is attracting some interested glances from government

Senator wants cybersecurity center at NIST

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) is pushing to establish a new cybersecurity center of excellence at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Commerce agency smooths transition to digital TV

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, working in a short time frame and with a limited budget, helped the conversion to digital TV with a Web-based program that included other, traditional avenues of communication.

Obama makes $795M in broadband grants

Some $795 million will be spent for broadband development in rural and underserved areas in a second round of grants.

NOAA computer models predict coastal areas to be hit by oil spill

Computer modeling tracking wind and water motion predicts where the oil billowing from BP's ruptured well is likely to come ashore.

Obama to double commercial spectrum available for broadband development

Presidential memorandum calls for NTIA and FCC to identify 500 MHz of radio spectrum to be licensed for broadband connectivity over the next 10 years, and for development of technologies to make better use of this limited resource.

NOAA interactive map tracks Gulf oil spill

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s new Web features a mapping tool that integrates oil spill data from federal and state agencies.