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A Timely Portrait of America's Business Owners from the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs

I'm pleased to announce the beginning of data collection for the inaugural Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs. This new survey will be a supplement to the U.S. Census Bureau's Survey of Business Owners, which is conducted every five years as part of the Economic Census.

U.S. Census Bureau Data Shows Gulf Coast's Recovery from Hurricane Katrina

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina struck the U.S. Gulf Coast, forever altering the lives of many of its residents. As we pause to reflect on the impact of the storm, we can see a story of recovery told through Census Bureau statistics on population, housing and businesses.

Council Advises Continued Data Improvements

Council Advises Continued Data ImprovementsOn July 30th, the Commerce Data Advisory Council  convened its second meeting to review and provide guidance on the Department of Commerce's data.  This one-of-a-kind gathering of digital technology executives was eager to dive directly into the work of the Department and provided dozens of excellent recommendations.  A great deal of the feedback can be summarized as "Thumbs up.  Continue the good work."  Though there were some very specific suggestions for improvement areas.  But as with any insightful discussion on how a business is using its information to help its customers, the conversations about improving data led to provocative and fundamental questions about the processes, tools, and skills required to deliver on the Department's strategic data objectives.

Commerce Hosts Roundtable with VA Exploring Better Veterans Data for Better Veterans Care and Support

Under Secretary Doms discusses Census data on veterans with Veterans Service Organizations’ leaders and officials from the Departments of Commerce and Veterans Affairs.The Census Bureau collects data through the American Community Survey (ACS) that is incredibly valuable to serving our nation's veterans. This week we convened a meeting with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), led by Dat Tran, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Data Governance and Analysis, and representatives from leading Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs), such as the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, The Retired Enlisted Association and the National Military Family Association, to discuss how our data assets, including the ACS, can benefit their missions.

New Advance Report on International Trade Available Today

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released the first-ever Advance Report: U.S. International Trade in Goods. The Department of Commerce is "America's Data Agency," and this report is part of our ongoing efforts to release U.S. trade data to the public as quickly as possible. The Advance Report of U.S. trade data will be published up to a week before the full FT-900: U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services that is jointly issued by the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

White House Supply Chain Innovation Roundtable Brings Together Manufacturers Committed to Strengthening Small Manufacturers in Domestic Supply Chains

White House Supply Chain Innovation RoundtablePost by Dr. Sue Helper

On July 9, I attended a gathering of two dozen manufacturing executives to discuss ways to improve the competitiveness of America's supply chains. This exciting event is part of the White House Supply Chain Innovation Initiative that the President announced in March.

New ESA report: The Value of the American Community Survey: Smart Government, Competitive Businesses, and Informed Citizens

Better data for better decisions. That's our mantra at ESA. And one of the best sources of data in an increasingly data-driven decision-making world is the American Community Survey.

Commerce Hosts Inaugural Data Advisory Council (Video)

Photo of Colin Parris, Vice President of Software Research at  General ElectricAs Colin Parris, Vice President of Software Research at General Electric, reflected on his participation in the inaugural Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC) he said, "I think CDAC can achieve (things) that could be monumental towards the growth of data in the U.S.

Timelier, more accurate data: the Commerce Department’s statistical agencies deliver on promise of better data for better decision-making

The Economics and Statistics Administration’s family of statistical agencies – the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and U.S. Census Bureau – are announcing an important new initiative that will lead to an acceleration of key trade data as well as improved accuracy of the advance estimate of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). GDP is widely considered the most important measure of the U.S. economy.

2015 Census Test Starts Today in the Savannah, Ga. Area


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