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International Communication and Infformation Policy (CIP) group advocates internationally policies for expanded access to information and communication technologies (ICT), improved efficiency in the worldwide ICT and telecommunications market through increased reliance on free-market forces, and fair opportunities for U.S. companies to participate in this important sector around the globe. Contacts

International Communication and Information Policy at the State Department:

The International Communication and Information Policy (CIP) group is one of seven issue-oriented organizations within the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. CIP advocates internationally policies for expanded access to information and communication technologies (ICT), improved efficiency in the worldwide ICT and telecommunications market through increased reliance on free-market forces, and fair opportunities for U.S. companies to participate in this important sector around the globe. In supporting such policies, the State Department can achieve foreign policy goals of empowering people by giving them fuller access to a wealth of educational opportunities, information resources and forums for exchange of ideas. Additionally, an efficient ICT and telecommunications global structure creates a healthier environment for U.S. companies doing business in all sectors, improving the standard of living at home and abroad.

Cooperates with international agencies to help match areas with challenging and unmet ICT needs to institutions able to provide assistance:

 

 

The U.S. International Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC) advises the Department of State in the preparation of U.S. positions for meetings of international treaty organizations, develops and coordinates proposed contributions to international meetings as U.S. contributions, and advised the Department on other matters to be undertaken by the U.S. at these international meetings.  The international meetings addressed by the ITAC are those of the International Telecommunication Union, the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) of the Organization of American States, the Organization of Economic Coorporation and Development IOECD) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).  Members of the ITAC are drawn from the government, network operators, service providers, and manufacturers involved in the telecommunications sector.  National Participation

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
The FCC is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions.

Organization
The FCC is directed by five Commissioners appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate for 5-year terms, except when filling an unexpired term. The President designates one of the Commissioners to serve as Chairperson. Only three Commissioners may be members of the same political party. None of them can have a financial interest in any Commission-related business.

As the chief executive officer of the Commission, the Chairman delegates management and administrative responsibility to the Managing Director. The Commissioners supervise all FCC activities, delegating responsibilities to staff units and Bureaus.

Bureaus and Offices
The Commission staff is organized by function. There are six operating Bureaus and ten Staff Offices. The Bureaus’ responsibilities include: processing applications for licenses and other filings; analyzing complaints; conducting investigations; developing and implementing regulatory programs; and taking part in hearings. Our Offices provide support services. Even though the Bureaus and Offices have their individual functions, they regularly join forces and share expertise in addressing Commission issues.

  • Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau - educates and informs consumers about telecommunications goods and services and engages their input to help guide the work of the Commission. CGB coordinates telecommunications policy efforts with industry and with other governmental agencies — federal, tribal, state and local — in serving the public interest.
  • Enforcement Bureau - enforces the Communications Act, as well as the Commission’s rules, orders and authorizations.
  • International Bureau - represents the Commission in satellite and international matters.
  • Media Bureau - regulates AM, FM radio and television broadcast stations, as well as cable television and satellite services.
  • Wireless Telecommunications - oversees cellular and PCS phones, pagers and two-way radios. This Bureau also regulates the use of radio spectrum to fulfill the communications needs of businesses, local and state governments, public safety service providers, aircraft and ship operators, and individuals.
  • Wireline Competition Bureau - responsible for rules and policies concerning telephone companies that provide interstate, and under certain circumstances intrastate, telecommunications services to the public through the use of wire-based transmission facilities (i.e., corded/cordless telephones).
  • Office of Administrative Law Judges - presides over hearings, and issues Initial Decisions.
  • Office of Communications Business Opportunities - provides advice to the Commission on issues and policies concerning opportunities for ownership by small, minority and women-owned communications businesses.
  • Office of Engineering And Technology - allocates spectrum for non-Government use and provides expert advice on technical issues before the Commission.
  • Office of The General Counsel - serves as chief legal advisor to the Commission's various Bureaus and Offices.
  • Office of Inspector General - conducts and supervises audits and investigations relating to the operations of the Commission.
  • Office of Legislative Affairs - is the Commission’s main point of contact with Congress.
  • Office of The Managing Director - functions as a chief operating official, serving under the direction and supervision of the Chairman.
  • Office of Media Relations - informs the news media of FCC decisions and serves as the Commission‘s main point of contact with the media.
  • Office of Strategic Planning & Policy Analysis - works with the Chairman, Commissioners, Bureaus and Offices to develop strategic plans identifying policy objectives for the agency.
  • Office of Work Place Diversity - advises the Commission on all issues related to workforce diversity, affirmative recruitment and equal employment opportunity.

Global Communications

Science and Technology Government Agencies

Organizations

Selected U.S. Industrial Associations

Selected Non-governmental Organizations and Associations

Academic Organizations

 

Selected International – General Telecom Resource Locators

Selected International Organizations

Telecommunications and Information Working Group   (EU)- Europe’s Information Society Thematic Portal (ISO) (ITU)-  (ITU—D-Treg) (OECD)-   Information and Communications Technology (UNESCO) (WIPO) (WTO)- Telecommunications and Information Working Group   (EU)- Europe’s Information Society Thematic Portal (ISO) (ITU)-  (ITU—D-Treg) (OECD)-   Information and Communications Technology (UNESCO) (WIPO) (WTO)

Selected Telecommunications News Sources

 

Academic Journals, Databases, and Resources

General Sources in Telecommunications:
Telecommunications Policy Research Conference  

On-line Reading

Selected Internet Resources

A:Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative (ASCI) - State-of-the-art visualization hardware, leading-edge visualization research, and a synthesis of commercial tools [Department of Energy (DOE), Sandia National Laboratories; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)]

Advanced Biomedical Computing Center (ABCC) - Provides state-of-the-art computing support and technology for biomedical research [Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Inst. of Health (NIH); National Cancer Institute (NCI)]

Ames Scalable Computing Laboratory (SCL) - Improves parallel computing through clustering techniques for use in scientific and engineering computation [Department of Energy (DOE), Ames Laboratory (AMES)]

arXiv.org e-Print archive - An electronic archive for research papers in particle and theoretical physics, mathematics, nonlinear sciences, computational linguistics, and neuroscience [Department of Energy (DOE), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL); National Science Foundation (NSF)]

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Biological Metadata. - Factsheets and access to the NBII Metadata Clearinghouse, an NBII Information Node. [Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)]

Biological Tools. - Access to software tools that can be used to collect, manage, document, analyze, and apply biological data, an NBII Information Node. [Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS); National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII)]

Bits and Chips: - NIST Gives U.S. Computer Industry the Advantage [Department of Commerce (DOC), National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST)]

Brookhaven Computational Science Center - Exploits the remarkable opportunities for scientific discovery which have been enabled by modern computers. [Department of Energy (DOE), Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)]

Buying Medicines and Medical Products Online. - Consumer tips on how to avoid ripoffs and bogus products when buying medicines and medical products online. [Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA)]

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Cell Phone Facts - Consumer Information about Wireless Phones [Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Federal Communication Commission]

Center for Advanced Computing and Communication (CACC) - Develops and implements leading-edge systems including complex, fault-tolerant, and distributed computing systems as well as underlying technologies such as photonics, pervasive computing, and wired and wireless elements [National Science Foundation (NSF), Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC)]

Center for Biological Informatics (CBI) - Develops, identifies, and provides access to tools that facilitate collection and use of biological information and data, and cooperates with others to improve access to existing information [Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)]

Center for Applied Scientific Computing (CASC) - Conducts collaborative scientific investigations which require the power of high performance computers and the efficiency of modern computational methods [Department of Energy (DOE), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)]

Center for Computational Science and Technology - (CCST) - A supercomputing facility for high-end computational science and computer science research including compiting and visualization resources as well as storage resources [Department of Energy (DOE), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)]

Center for Engineering Science Advanced Research (CESAR) - Conducts fundamental theoretical, experimental, and computational research in intelligent systems [Department of Energy (DOE), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)]

Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR) - Advances the technology and performance of biometric systems [National Science Foundation (NSF), Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC)]

Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR) - Develops tools that provide effective and efficient access to large, heterogeneous, distributed, text and multimedia databases [National Science Foundation (NSF), State/Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (S/I/UCRC)]

Center for Next Generation Video (CNGV) - Addresses the full range of issues involved in the generation, storage, processing, retrieval, and communication of digital video and multimedia [National Science Foundation (NSF), Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC)]

Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations (CRITO) - Research focuses on understanding the social, economic, and managerial implications of information technology [National Science Foundation (NSF), Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC)]

Computational Science Center - Provides access to Data Intensive Computing Publications [Department of Energy (DOE), Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)]

Computer Security Resource Center (CSRC) - Information about a variety of computer security issues, products, and research of concern [Department of Commerce (DOC), National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST); Information Technology Laboratory (ITL)]

Communications: - Taming Digital Data with Standards [Department of Commerce (DOC), National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST)]

Computational Sciences and Engineering Division (CPED) - Offers a broad range of technical and computer-related expertise in technology development and analysis, systems development and integration, and systems management to solve research problems [Department of Energy (DOE), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)]

Computer Science & Mathematics Division (CSM) - Expertise in basic and applied research in high performance computing, applied mathematics, and intelligent systems [Department of Energy (DOE), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)]

Computer Software - Applied to building, fire, and other NIST research areas [Department of Commerce (DOC), National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST)]

Cornell Theory Center (CTC) - A high-performance computing and interdisciplinary research center [National Science Foundation (NSF)]


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Data & Analysis Center for Software (DACS) - Authoritative source for state of the art software information [Department of Defense (DOD); Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)]

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) - Information on new research and technology where risk and payoff are both very high and where success may provide dramatic advances for traditional military roles and missions [Department of Defense (DOD)]

Department of Energy R&D 100 Awards - Information on hundreds of R&D 100 awards received by the Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Laboratories since 1992 [Department of Energy (DOE)]

DoD and Information Technology Acronym List - Listing of abbreviations, acronyms, and initialisms used by the Department of Defense [Department of Defense (DOD); Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), Data & Analysis Center for Sof]

DOE R&D Accomplishments - Provides a searchable database about the outcomes of past DOE research and development which have had significant economic impact, have improved people's lives, or have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science [Department of Energy (DOE); Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)]

DOE R&D Highlights - Provides non-technical summary information about selected research conducted or sponsored by DOE and its National Laboratory infrastructure [Department of Energy (DOE)]

DOE R&D Project Summaries - Access summaries of ongoing or recently completed science and technology projects funded by the Department of Energy [Department of Energy (DOE); Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)]

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E-PRINT Network - A searchable gateway to over 19,650 Web sites and databases worldwide, containing e-prints in basic and applied sciences, primarily in physics and subjects of interest to DOE [Department of Energy (DOE); Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)]

Earth science photographic archive - Photographic archive collection from the USGS Photo Library. Photos dated 1868-1992 are of geology, earthquake damage, national parks, pioneer photographers, St. Helens eruption and mining and available at 100, 700 and 1400 dots/inch resolution. [Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)]

Energy Citations Database - Search bibliographic records for energy and energy-related scientific and technical information from the Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies from 1948 forward [Department of Energy (DOE); Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)]

Energy-Related Laboratory Equipment (ERLE) - Grants equipment to institutions of higher education for energy-related research [Department of Energy (DOE); Office of Science]

Energy-Related Software for Homes and Buildings - Links to available software [Department of Energy (DOE), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)]

EnergyFiles: The Virtual Library of Energy Science and Technology - Provides over 500 databases and Web sites containing information and resources pertaining to science and technology of interest to the Department of Energy (DOE), with an emphasis on the physical sciences [Department of Energy (DOE); Office of Science and Technical Information (OSTI)]

Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD) - Develops technology that uses, converts and stores energy more efficiently and with less environmental impact, and studies the link between energy use and the environment [Department of Energy (DOE), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)]F:

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FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center - Expertise in air transportation technologies including air traffic control, human factors, safety, communication, and security [Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)]

Federal R&D Project Summaries - Locate current research projects from a number of federal agencies [Department of Energy (DOE)]

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GrayLIT Network - Search for full-text technical reports from DOE, DOD, EPA, and NASA [Department of Energy (DOE); Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)]I:

Information Bridge - Search full-text of Department of Energy sponsored research and development reports [Department of Energy (DOE); Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)]

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Homeland Security Information Center - Central source for sale of documents on homeland security [Department of Commerce (DOC), National Technical Information Service (NTIS)]

Hurricane and extreme storm impact studies - Homepage for programs of the Center for Coastal Geology on hurricanes and extreme storms with links to technology, related aerial photography, hurricanes, El Nino, northeasters, and specific storms. [Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS); Coastal and Marine Geology Program.]

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Information Assurance Technology Analysis Center (IATAC) - Access point for information on information assurance emerging technologies in system vulnerabilities [Department of Defense (DOD); Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)]

Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) - Develops test methods and standards for emerging and rapidly-changing information technologies [Department of Commerce (DOC), National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST)]

Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) - Research promotes the advancement of telecommunications and information infrastructure development [Department of Commerce (DOC), National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)]

Institutional Publications - Lawrence Livermore Program - Provides links to published reports, abstracts, periodicals, brochures, and newsletters sorted by technology area [Department of Energy (DOE), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)]

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Lighting Excellence - Expertise on all aspects of lighting related to energy conservation [Department of Energy (DOE), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)]

Los Alamos Laboratory Research Library - Provides links to resources in Los Alamos National Laboratory's Research Library including information by subject, multiple data collections, and a multi-database search tool [Department of Energy (DOE), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)]

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Math, Statistics, and Computational Science - The site provides a variety of resources [Department of Commerce (DOC), National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST); Information Technology Laboratory (ITL)]

Mathematics and Computer Science Publications - A collection of journals, books, conference proceedings and technical reports from 1990 forward. [Department of Energy (DOE), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)]

Modeling and Simulation Information Analysis Center (MSIAC) - Assists DOD modeling and simulation needs by providing scientific, technical, and operational services [Department of Defense (DOD); Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)]

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National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) Metadata Clearinghouse. - The NBII Metadata Clearinghouse contains standardized metadata-based descriptions to assist in locating and accessing useful biological data sets, information products, and applications software in a distributed network of cooperating data sources. [Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS); National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII)]

National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) - Access advanced microscopes and tools for microcharacterization of materials [Department of Energy (DOE), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)]

National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center - One of the largest facilities in the world devoted to providing computational resources and expertise for basic scientific research [Department of Energy (DOE), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)]

National High Altitude Photography (NHAP) - Ordering and descriptive information on photography from the National High Altitude Photography (NHAP) program 1980-1989 to acquire aerial photographs of the 48 conterminous states with links to searching on EarthExplorer. [Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS); National High Altitude Photography (NHAP.)]

National High Performance Computing and Communication (HPCC) Software Exchange (NHSE) - Offers a collection of software, documents, data, and information of interest to the high performance and parallel computing community [Multiple agencies involved]

National Telecommunications and Information Administration - Publications, grants, press [Department of Commerce (DOC), National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)]

NEWTON BBS - Ask a scientist a question about math, science or computers or search through more than 15,000 previously answered questions [Department of Energy (DOE), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)]

Netlib Repository - A collection of mathematical software, papers, and databases [Department of Energy (DOE), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)]

Notify U.S.; National Center for Standards and Certification Information - Web-based e-mail subscription service that offers U.S. entities (citizens, industries, organizations) an opportunity to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations. [Department of Commerce (DOC), National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST)]

Notify U.S.; National Center for Standards and Certification Information - Web-based e-mail subscription service that offers U.S. entities (citizens, industries, organizations) an opportunity to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations. [Department of Commerce (DOC), National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST)]

NIST in your community - Take this tour through your community and explore how NIST works to help make everyone's life a little better each day. [Department of Commerce (DOC), National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST)]

NTIS Database - The central source to locate millions of scientific and technical publications from government agencies [Department of Commerce (DOC), National Technical Information Service (NTIS)]

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Office of Spectrum Management (OSM) - Information on managing the federal government's use of the radio frequency spectrum [Department of Commerce (DOC), National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)] 

ORNL Research Libraries - Provides links to ORNL Research Library holdings [Department of Energy (DOE), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)]

Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Provides links to science and technology resources [Department of Energy (DOE), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)]

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Technical Publications - Provides links to ORNL's S&T publications, catalogs, magazines, newsletters, and reports [Department of Energy (DOE), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)]

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Technical Publications - Provides links to technical documents and reports [Department of Energy (DOE), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)]

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Science and Technology - Provides links to information about Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Science and Technology Program [Department of Energy (DOE); Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNL)]

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) - Provides computing power and expertise to aid the national scientific and engineering community in their research [National Science Foundation (NSF)]

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Radiation Safety Information Computational Center (RSICC) - Promotes the use of nuclear software models to solve science and engineering problems with nuclear power, medicine, space travel, safety, and materials [Department of Energy (DOE), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)]

Radio News: Broadcast Media & Technology Center, USDA - Agricultural production, conferencing, news, multimedia, includes radio clips. [Department of Agriculture (USDA)]

Reports Catalog - Contains citations of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory-authored scientific and technical documents published since July 1989 [Department of Energy (DOE), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)]

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Science and Technology Research Areas at Lawrence Livermore - Provides links to information about research in advanced defense technologies, energy, environment, biosciences, and basic sciences [Department of Energy (DOE), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)]

Scientific Visualization Laboratory - Expertise in computer visualization [Department of Energy (DOE), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)]

Software Engineering Institute (SEI) - Provides the technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering [Department of Defense (DOD)]

Software Engineering Research Center (SERC) - Conducts a program of applied and basic research on software technology problems [National Science Foundation (NSF), Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC)]

Software Quality Group - National Institute of Standards and Technology [Department of Commerce (DOC), National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST)]

Standards; NIST - Portal for information on standards. [Department of Commerce (DOC), National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST)]

Supernova Acceleration Probe (SNAP) - Measures a Type 1 supernova to study the dark energy of the Universe. [Department of Energy (DOE), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)]

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Telecom Glossary 2000; Federal Standard 1037C - Searchable glossary provides standard definitions for the fields subsumed by the umbrella discipline of telecommunications. [Department of Commerce (DOC), National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)]

Telecommunication Analysis Services (TA Services) - Provides analysis techniques in the form of easy-to-use time-sharing computer programs [Department of Commerce (DOC), National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA); Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS)]

Telecommunications Subject Bibliography - Provides information about telecommunications publications available for sale from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore [Government Printing Office]V:

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Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) - Electronic "Knowledge Sources" and lexical programs that help health professionals and researchers retrieve and integrate electronic biomedical information from a variety of sources [Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Inst. of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM); Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHNCBC)]

U.S. Department of Energy's Decades of Discovery - Provides links to the most important advances at the forefront of scientific discovery supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, with links grouped by discipline [Department of Energy (DOE); Office of Science]V:

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Virus information - Viruses are the colds and flus of computer security. [Department of Commerce (DOC), National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST); Computer Security Resource Center (CSRC)]

Voting and the Election Process - Access to reports about the state of the U.S. election process and reforms [Department of Commerce (DOC), National Technical Information Service (NTIS)] 

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Walk through time - The Evolution of time measurement through the ages. [Department of Commerce (DOC), National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST); Physics Laboratory. Time and Frequency Division.

National Telecommunications and Information Administration
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is an agency in the U.S. Department of Commerce that serves as the executive branch agency principally responsible for advising the President on telecommunications and information policies.  In this role, NTIA frequently works with other Executive Branch agencies to develop and present the Administration's position on these issues. Since its creation in 1978, NTIA has been at the cutting edge of critical issues.  In addition to representing the Executive Branch in both domestic and international telecommunications and information policy activities, NTIA also manages the Federal use of spectrum; performs cutting-edge telecommunications research and engineering, including resolving technical telecommunications issues for the Federal government and private sector; and administers infrastructure and public telecommunications facilities grants.

FCC Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
The Freedom of Information Act, commonly known as the FOIA, was enacted by Congress in 1966 to give the American public greater access to the Federal Government's records. The Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996 expanded the scope of the FOIA to encompass electronic records and require the creation of "electronic reading rooms" to make records more easily and widely available to the public. Most recently in December 2005, Executive Order 13392, "Improving Agency Disclosure of Information," reaffirmed that FOIA "has provided an important means through which the public can obtain information regarding the activities of Federal agencies" and required Federal agencies to make their FOIA programs "citizen-centered and results-oriented."

The U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Office of Trade Development, Information Technologies Industries division is a useful resource for U.S. businesses. Located in Washington, D.C., the Office of Information Technologies Industries division reports on industry developments, and works with U.S. firms on their international marketing efforts - including the sponsoring of trade events to increase market opportunities.

The International Telecommunications Union, or ITU, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is an international organization within the United Nations System where governments and the private sector coordinate global telecom networks and services.


Last updated December 28, 2010.

Communications and Information

  • The International Communication and Information Policy (CIP) group

    CIP advocates international policies for expanded access to information and communication technologies (ICT), improved efficiency in the worldwide ICT and telecommunications market through increased reliance on free-market forces, and fair opportunities for U.S. companies to participate in this important sector around the globe. In supporting such policies, CIP supports foreign policy goals of empowering people by giving them fuller access to a wealth of educational opportunities, information resources and forums for exchange of ideas. Additionally, an efficient ICT and telecommunications global structure creates a healthier environment for U.S. companies doing business in all sectors, improving the standard of living at home and abroad.