Tag Archives: Commerce Department

Senators Offer Cybersecurity Recommendations for Commerce Department, NIST

Virtual Private Network

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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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 Entity List

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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