Tag Archives: Commerce Department

National Space Council to Continue Under Biden Administration

Space Security

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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Report: Russia-Linked Hackers Suspected of Compromising Commerce, Treasury Email Systems

FortiOS Vulnerabilities

The White House acknowledged that hackers believed to have ties to a Russian intelligence agency breached email systems used by federal agencies. Reports of the cyber attack came days after the National Security Agency (NSA) released an advisory that Russian state-sponsored cyber actors were exploiting a vulnerability in a platform widely used in the government.

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Commerce Dept’s Mark Daley Offers Update on Space Traffic Management Transition Effort

Mark Daley

Mark Daley, deputy for operations at the office of space commerce, said a memorandum of understanding could be signed soon that would facilitate the transfer of space traffic management responsibilities from the Pentagon to the Department of Commerce (DOC). DoD and Commerce have been working together to facilitate the transition once Congress allocates funding and issues authorities. 

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Steve Kunze: CFO Council Eyes 2021 Release of Strategic Plan for Federal Financial Workforce

Steve Kunze

Steve Kunze, deputy chief financial officer at the Department of Commerce (DOC), said the CFO Council expects to unveil early next year a strategic plan for the “workforce of tomorrow." He said the council’s working group has been collaborating with the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program for nearly a year on the strategy.

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Commerce Dept Unveils Funding Opportunity for Entrepreneurship Support Programs

Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce (DOC) has introduced a $25 million grant competition that seeks to help entrepreneurs mitigate economic, health and safety risks brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. The department said Wednesday that it will award grants to entrepreneurship support programs that will assist various regions and communities in the U.S.

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DOE Allots Funds to Help NIST Bolster Energy, Maritime Cybersecurity; Sean Plankey Quoted

Dept. of Energy

The Department of Energy has agreed to invest $3 million in research and development of tools and methods that support energy and maritime cybersecurity. DOE said Monday its Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response partnered with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to bolster cybersecurity in maritime transportation and energy grids.

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GAO: State Dept. Needs Greater Agency Involvement in Planning Cybersecurity, Emerging Tech Bureau

Emotet Malware

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is recommending for the Department of State to involve more agencies in the development of a new bureau focused on emerging technologies and cybersecurity. The State Department informed Congress of its intent to create the Bureau of Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies (CSET) to better address foreign threats to the critical infrastructure and trade operations.

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