Commerce puts best foot forward in open data

The government faces various challenges, but there is one that is universal among agencies: unleashing data.

NIST gets closer to keeping perfect time

The National Institute of Standards and Technology last week officially launched a new atomic clock that scientists are calling the most accurate time measurement device in the world.

Takai lays out DOD’s mobility, cloud forecast

Defense Department Chief Information Officer Teri Takai today said industry collaboration will be crucial to the department’s cloud and mobility strategy.

Industry, gov officials make sense of cloud and mobility connection

As cloud computing use increases, so do organizations’ interest in accessing that technology from as many mobile devices as possible.

Cybersecurity 2014: Beyond the NIST framework

FedScoop asked four leading thinkers in national cybersecurity to share what they would do or change to improve the state of national cybersecurity — beyond the framework.

Administration defends voluntary nature of cybersecurity framework

Senior officials from the White House and Department of Homeland Security Thursday defended the administration’s hands-off approach to improving critical infrastructure cybersecurity, arguing that mandatory regulations would stifle innovation, hurt the economy and raise difficult questions about privacy and civil liberties.

Census Bureau’s Avi Bender on innovation in government

Avi Bender, chief technology officer at the Census Bureau, discusses innovation in government in this FedScoopTV interview.

Budget breakdown: Windfall for workforce, R&D and STEM education

Despite what many consider a very modest pay raise for government employees, the budget request for fiscal year 2015 appears to actually invest in the federal workforce. Unveiled March 4, the FY 2015 budget request proposed a 1 percent pay increase for government employees, but emphasized more significant investments in training, development and recruitment initiatives for the federal workforce.

NOAA wants to open its big data vaults

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker asked Feb. 24 for the private industry’s assistance to unleash National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Commerce Department’s data in a quick and sustainable way.

Commerce reaches out digitally

A new office within the Commerce Department has opened as a means to communicate with consumers, businesses and other stakeholders.

Long-time CIO leaves government

After seven years as an agency chief information officer — first at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and then at the Commerce Department — Simon Szykman is leaving his post.

NIST seeks comment on cryptographic standards

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is soliciting public comment on its cryptographic standards and guidelines development process starting Feb. 18.

Threat Matrix: Episode 10 – Former DISA Director Lt. Gen. Harry Raduege on cybersecurity framework

This week, Dan Verton talks with retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Harry Raduege about his impressions of the newly released cybersecurity framework.

TechTake: OMB posts agency progress on

The Office of Management and Budget announced Thursday agencies had made significant progress with their 2012-2013 Agency Priority Goals.

Administration releases cybersecurity framework

The National Institute of Standards and Technology today released the first version of the long-awaited cybersecurity framework, a voluntary set of guidelines designed to help improve cyber defenses across a wide range of privately owned and operated critical infrastructures.

FedWire: Shape-shifting, data mining and scams

FedWire is FedScoop’s afternoon roundup of news and notes from the federal IT community. Send your links and videos to

Using tech to monitor failing infrastructure

The U.S. has about 4 million miles of public roadways, 1 million miles of water mains and 600,000 bridges; many are in less than perfect condition. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, roughly 240,000 water main breaks occur every year in the U.S.

DHS plans next steps for continuous monitoring program

The Department of Homeland Security this week plans to launch an online training portal for state and local governments interested in leveraging continuous diagnostics and mitigation program best practices. The training program is part of a larger DHS strategy to create a specialized cadre of cybersecurity professionals nationwide who are capable of monitoring and protecting a new, emerging architecture known as “critical application resilience.”

Where’s the money: DMV home to top federal IT contracts

Of all the federal spending in fiscal year 2012, one-fifth was done in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. However, for the federal IT community, there is a far more interesting statistic. Half of the total federal IT spending was in Virginia, Maryland and D.C., according to a new report.

Safety data takes center stage

Technologists, safety officers, entrepreneurs and government officials gathered at the Agriculture Department on Tuesday for the second annual Safety Datapalooza.

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