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Pay equality “power shifting” with Commerce data

“When women are not paid fairly,” President Obama said, “not only do they suffer, but so do their families.”

We at Commerce are excited to be part of the solution – and to have our work in harnessing our vast troves of data for innovation, job creation and advancing the public good recognized and made real. That’s why I’m so pleased that on July 19, Secretary Pritzker and US Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith hosted “Hack the Pay Gap Demo Day” at the White House showcasing our data access and usability efforts.

What’s New for the 2016 Annual GDP Update?

The Bureau of Economic Analysis updates GDP figures and their major components every summer, sweeping in more comprehensive data that weren’t available for earlier estimates. The 2016 annual update, coming July 29, also will feature some of BEA’s efforts to continuously improve its measurement of the U.S. economy.

Fostering Collaborative Problem Solving In the Department of Commerce

On June 2nd, 2016, the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) for the Department of Commerce (DOC) issued another game-changing announcement - "GitHub can be used* to collaboratively build open source software.” (*Note below for DOC users)

Exploring the Landscape of American Innovation

Throughout our country’s history, innovators have used the patent system to protect their ideas. From Samuel Hopkin's improved process in making potash, an ingredient in fertilizer in 1790, to the patents of the present day, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has evaluated and safeguarded innovation around the world.

ACE Tool: New Data Aids US Business Investment Decisions

Assess Costs Everywhere LogoThe Department of Commerce's Assess Costs Everywhere tool (ACE) highlights the hidden costs and risks that manufacturers need to consider when deciding where to locate their operations or supply chains in the United States.  Since launching ACE in April 2013, the Department's Office of the Chief Economist has periodically updated the data and research underlying its analysis of 10 costs and risks.  This week, coinciding with the third SelectUSA Investment Summit, we are announcing a new set of updates to the tool.

Deep Dive into Hispanic Business Ownership

Female business ownership booms

The number of U.S. businesses grew 2 percent between 2007 and 2012 as the country weathered the financial crisis and entered the first three years of economic recovery. Yet, while overall business growth over this period was muted, growth in the number of minority-owned firms boomed. According to data from the Census Bureau's Survey of Business Owners, the number of minority-owned firms jumped by 38 percent to 8 million.

Commerce On The Cloud

In early 2011, the Administration released the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy - that advocates the 'Cloud First' approach in order to capitalize on its cost savings, availability improvements, energy efficiencies, system agility, centralized security management and increased reliability.

Now, DOC will be able to develop, test and build products and services on the FedRAMPed Amazon Web Services platform.

As "America's Data Agency", the Department of Commerce intrinsically understands and appreciates that a 'Cloud First' strategy is critical in maximizing the power of open data in order to facilitate the conditions for economic growth and opportunity.  The Big Data Project from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Open Data efforts from the Commerce Data Service show this clearly.

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