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.

Cybersecurity

Internet gatekeepers strengthen security at the root

The Commerce Department and global Internet authorities are installing a change to the root system of the Internet to improve security for domain names.

Agencies sponsor $12M IT innovation contest

Organizations can compete on six teams for the best innovations in smart grid, IT infrastructure and green technology.

Eye in the sky: NOAA satellite program aids oil spill response

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's satellite organization has a test imagery program that's getting some real use in fighting the oil spill in the Gulf.

Cybersecurity

NIST will coordinate national cybersecurity education program

The National Institute of Standards and Technology will work with agencies on a new program to improve cybersecurity education.

NIST creating tools to test health IT products

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is taking on an IT product testing role related to the distribution of $17 billion in economic stimulus funds for health IT.

Census allows little time to build networks for temporary offices

Computer networks had to be installed at more than 500 temporary Census offices across the country for the 2010 count.

NTIA seeks help in meeting open government mandates

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is looking for a contractor to build content management and social networking Web sites in its effort to become more open and transparent.

Commerce loses, Education gains in IT spending

Most IT budgets would change little from fiscal 2010 under the Obama administration's budget.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Cloud-computing success depends on knowing what to ask

One of cloud computing's most attractive features -- the ability to pool resources -- could be the biggest impediment to implementing the technology for the federal government.

Grants for broadband becoming easier to apply for

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Rural Utilities Service have made the grant application process easier.

NTIA three months behind on broadband grant distribution, GAO says

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is behind schedule in awarding the first round of broadband grants, according to the General Accountability Office.

NASA chooses Diaz to lead IT consolidation project

Deborah Diaz will lead NASA’s $4 billion IT consolidation project, an official confirmed today.

Are these the Droids you're looking for?

The new open-source smart phone, the Verizon Wireless Droid from Motorola, offers feds almost limitless possibilities for apps to help them do their jobs.

Cybersecurity

New cybersecurity role for NIST?

NIST would be responsible for developing a plan to coordinate the government's work with international organizations developing cybersecurity standards under a bill approved by the House Science and Technology’s Innovation Subcommittee.

Commerce, ICANN strike deal on Internet governance

An agreement continues ICANN’s system-wide governance of the Internet’s core domain names and IP addresses for the foreseeable future. But it also calls for a transparent, multi-stakeholder, private-sector-led model for running the international network.

FCC considers state, regional public safety networks

The FCC is considering requests to form a broadband network for first responders rather than waiting for the commission to create a nationwide network.

FCC seeks help in defining what 'broadband' means

The Federal Communications Commission is developing a National Broadband Plan as part of the Recovery Act, but first it has to decide what the word "broadband" means.

Legislation would create inventories to help manage radio frequency spectrum

Bills pending in the House and Senate would create inventories of RF spectrum managed by the NTIA and FCC, along with a Web portal to make the information public.

Cybersecurity

International politics slows full deployment of DNSSEC

Full deployment of DNS Security Extensions is moving at a glacial pace in part because other countries are concerned about the United States controlling the Internet.

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