Tag Archives: Commerce Department

Rep. Darren Soto Presents Bill to Establish Blockchain Coordination Office

Rep. Darren Soto

Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., introduced a bill to establish an office to manage the federal government’s non-defense blockchain efforts. The Blockchain Technology Coordination Act of 2021 would create the National Blockchain Technology Coordination Office, which would operate from the Department of Commerce. The office would coordinate all blockchain-related efforts pursued by federal agencies, except those led by the military.

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Mike Wetklow, Stephen Kunze on CFO Council’s Draft Plan for Future of Federal Financial Management

Federal Financial

Mike Wetklow and Stephen Kunze, both members of the Chief Financial Officers Council, told Government Matters in an interview posted Sunday about the initial draft of a plan for the future of the federal government’s financial management called the “CFO of the Future Now 2030 Plan.”

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Gina Raimondo: Commerce Department Seeks to Boost Supply Chain Resilience Through Proposed Office

Gina Raimondo

The Commerce Department plans to form a new office that will monitor supply chain vulnerabilities and work with companies to strengthen the cybersecurity of essential products. "The office is intended to help us deal with the challenges that we're seeing in our supply chains," Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo told House lawmakers at a hearing Thursday.

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Gen. David Thompson: Military Needs Civilian Agency to Oversee Commercial Space Traffic

Gen. David Thompson

Gen. David Thompson, the U.S. Space Force's vice chief of space operations, said the military would like to task an agency to manage traffic caused by commercial space systems. Thompson told Space News that the Department of Defense (DOD) does not mainly perform regulatory functions, despite the fact that Vandenberg Air Force Base tracks space objects and caution on orbital collisions.

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Commerce OIG Issues Management Alert on Financial Systems Modernization Program; Frederick Meny Quoted

Commerce OIG

The Department of Commerce’s (DOC) office of inspector general has issued a management alert stating that the Business Applications Solution (BAS) program’s focus on technology may miss business process-related risks. The BAS program intends to modernize the department’s financial applications and processes through the procurement of cloud-based, commercial off-the-shelf software.

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Oceanography Vet Rick Spinrad Nominated NOAA Administrator

Rick Spinrad

Rick Spinrad, formerly the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) chief scientist, has been nominated to lead the agency and serve as the undersecretary for oceans and atmosphere. Spinrad teaches oceanography as a professor at Oregon State University and serves on the National Academies' Ocean Studies Board, the White House said Thursday.

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National Space Council to Continue Under Biden Administration

National Space Council

President Biden plans to allow the National Space Council (NSC) and its User Advisory Group (UAG) to continue operations following its revival under the Trump administration in 2017. The council’s renewal comes after interdisciplinary organizations wrote to the White House seeking to retain NSC and the UAG. NSC told reporters that it is “still working details." 

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Gen. James Dickinson Backs Plan to Transfer Space Traffic Control to Commerce Department

Gen. James Dickinson

Army Gen. James Dickinson, commander of U.S. Space Command (SPACECOM), said he supports a plan for the Department of Commerce (DOC) to take over space traffic management responsibilities to enable Space Command to focus on monitoring space activities that have an impact on national security. Dickinson said his command and the department have been collaborating in the past two years to come up with a plan for the transition. 

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross: Commercialization, Partnerships Key to Driving US Space Leadership

Wilbur Ross

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says he is pleased with current efforts to drive commercial activities and strengthen the U.S. space industry as part of the Trump administration’s National Space Policy. He noted that with the Trump administration’s creation of the U.S. Space Force, investments in the space sector will be encouraged to continue.

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Commerce Adds 59 Chinese Institutions to Entity List; Wilbur Ross Quoted

Wilbur Ross

The Department of Commerce (DOC) has added 59 Chinese entities to its export control entity list for activities that threaten the country’s national security and foreign policy interests. Commerce is also adding to the list 25 research institutes related to the China State Shipbuilding that have contributed to China’s militarization of the South China Sea. 

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