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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.

Privacy Risk Summit Keynote

Remarks prepared for delivery by
Justin Antonipillai
Counselor, Delegated Duties of Under Secretary for Economic Affairs
‎U.S. Department of Commerce

TRUSTe Privacy Risk Summit
https://youtu.be/bRL8nq8FIBY

San Francisco, California.
June 8, 2016

New BEA Estimates of International Trade in Digitally Enabled Services

Information and communication technologies (ICT) are increasingly changing how firms do business, how people communicate, and how international transactions take place. In 2014, the United States exported close to $400 billion in potentially ICT-enabled services, representing more than half of all U.S. exports of services, according a new report about trends in ICT and potentially ICT-enabled services by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The new BEA estimates are part of a larger Department of Commerce effort to better measure the digital economy and cross-border data flows. 

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