Department of Commerce

The U.S. Census Bureau is putting real-time economic statistics into the hands of Americans via a new mobile application called “America’s Economy.”

The new application, released today, will provide constantly updated statistics on the U.S. economy, including monthly economic indicators, trends, along with a schedule of upcoming announcements, according to Census officials. Keep reading →

This is one in a series of profiles on the 2012 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal finalists. The awards, presented by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, recognize outstanding federal employees whose important, behind-the-scenes work is advancing the health, safety and well-being of Americans and are among the most prestigious honors given to civil servants. This profile features a finalist for the Management Excellence medal, Danette Campbell a Senior Telework Advisor at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal government’s leading agency when it comes to teleworking, resulting in increased employee productivity, significant cost savings and improved morale. Keep reading →

Cloud computing leaders from the governments of Canada, China, Japan and the United States pledged their continued international cooperation to fulfill cloud computing‘s potential to transform public services worldwide.

The leaders made their comments, while also touching on a range of legal, security and data standards issues during an executive session at the 5th annual Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop, sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Tuesday. Keep reading →

The Obama Administration today announced a new set of public-private partnership initiatives aimed at combating the rising use of botnets.

Industry estimates suggest that one in 10 computers in the U.S. is currently infected by a botnet – software used by hackers to seize control of vast numbers of personal computers for malicious or illegal intent. Keep reading →

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has signed an agreement with Barnes & Noble to sell Federal eBooks.

GPO works with federal agencies to produce their publications, books, and reports in print and digital formats, including eBook formats. Keep reading →

The convergence of several rapidly evolving technologies is creating new potential for innovation at federal agencies, a group of senior government officials said at a technology and innovation forum held in Washington, D.C., April 24.

The accelerating adoption of cloud computing strategies, the consumerization and commoditization of IT, the integration of mobile devices and applications in the workplace, the rise of social media, and the need to process exponentially greater volumes of data are each unleashing new and more cost effective ways to work, the officials said. Keep reading →