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Office of Policy and Strategic Planning

The Office of Policy and Strategic Planning develops strategic policy priorities and provides policy counsel to the leadership of the Department of Commerce. Specifically, we work with the department's leadership by:

Strategic Planning

  • Developing strategic policy priorities
  • Planning and coordinating the implementation of policy initiatives that support these priorities

Policy Counsel

  • Supplying timely and actionable policy advice to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary
  • Working with bureau leadership and experts regarding administration and department perspectives

Policy Coordination

  • Engaging bureaus within the department to coordinate and integrate policy initiatives with secretarial and administration objectives
  • Leading cross-bureau initiatives and supporting the implementation of bureau-led policy initiatives
  • Offering policy input into secretarial communications by coordinating bureau policy input

Policy Outreach

  • Synthesizing input and ideas from the administration, the private sector, non-profit organizations and the academic community to inform the department's policy formulation process

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