Tag Archives: Commerce Department

Commerce Department Wants Public Comments on its ICT Supply Chain Risk Report

Supply Chain Risk Report

The Department of Commerce (DOC) has requested comments on its report on the risks in the supply chains for the information and communications technology (ICT) industrial base, with a deadline on Nov. 4. The public's opinion and information will help inform the Biden administration's policy of protecting supply chains to ensure the U.S. economy and national security, according to a Federal Register notice.

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Commerce Department Forms Committee to Advise Federal Government on AI; Gina Raimondo Quoted

Gina Raimondo

The Department of Commerce has begun looking for qualified professionals who can serve on the newly formed National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee (NAIAC) and its AI and law enforcement subcommittee. NAIAC will advise President Biden and federal agencies on matters related to emerging technology such as research, development, workforce, funding, accountability, legal rights and international partnerships, the department said Wednesday.

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Allan Friedman: Software Bill of Materials Should Be Part of Multifaceted Cybersecurity Agenda

Allan Friedman

Allan Friedman, who just moved to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to help scale up work on software bill of materials (SBOM), said operationalizing SBOM requires integrating the concept into existing tools, daily operations and into the cybersecurity and vulnerability ecosystem. Friedman also discussed the goals for developing agency guidelines and potential changes to federal procurement regulations. 

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ISS Secures NOAA Professional Services Contract for National Ocean Service Support

NOAA Contract Award

Integrated Systems Solutions has received a three-year contract from NOAA to provide the offices within its National Ocean Service headquarters with administrative and management support services. ISS will help NOS address coastal area threats as well as promote place-based conservation and coastal resilience and intelligence.

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Senators Offer Cybersecurity Recommendations for Commerce Department, NIST

Cybersecurity

Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., have called on the Department of Commerce (DOC), including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to further build up efforts to protect digital systems, connected technologies and the country from cybersecurity threats amid the recent ransomware attacks. 

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Commerce Department to Invest $3B in Local Community Restoration; Gina Raimondo Quoted

Gina Raimondo

The Department of Commerce's(DOC) Economic Development Administration (EDA) plans to invest $3 billion of Congress-approved funds in community restoration projects. Gina Raimondo, the secretary of commerce, said the investment is intended to help local communities restore and refine their corresponding economies.

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NOAA Creates Council to Tackle Climate Issues; Administrator Rick Spinrad Quoted

Rick Spinrad

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has established a new council that will help the agency's administrator address the climate crisis. NOAA said Wednesday that its Climate Council, which consists of senior leaders in the agency, will apply NOAA’s services to support environmental mitigation efforts across the nation, including the most climate-vulnerable communities.

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NIST Provides Funds for Phase 3 Comms Interoperability Project Under DHS SBIR Program

Comms Interoperability

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded Catalyst Communications Technologies a $2.9 million contract to commercialize an interoperable communications system under a program run by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The company will commercialize its product developed through the Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) program of DHS' Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate. 

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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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