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U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham Statement on 2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19

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The 2020 Census is underway and more households across America are responding every day. Over 70 million households have responded to date, representing over 48% of all households in America. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau is adjusting 2020 Census operations in order to: Protect the health and safety of the American public and Census Bureau employees. Implement guidance...

Commerce Department Offers Educational Resources for Students to Continue to Learn from Home

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Ever wanted to take a virtual tour of the ocean, learn about the role of a hurricane hunter, or collect cards on famous inventors? Are you looking to educate your students about the importance of being counted in the 2020 Census? Kids across the country are home from school and teachers and parents are looking for educational resources to help kids stay connected and continue to learn. The...

Broadband is More Important Than Ever

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Broadband is more important than ever, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has been working to expand access and increase connectivity for all Americans. We recently provided a one-year update to the American Broadband Initiative (ABI), the Trump Administration’s government-wide approach to connectivity challenges. Five new states – Nebraska, New Mexico...

While We Are Home, We Can Still Come Together: Respond to the 2020 Census Today

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Getting a complete and accurate count in 2020 requires everyone's help. And there are many ways for individuals, businesses, community organizations, and others to play a part. The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Responding to the 2020 Census is easy, safe and important, and is key to shaping the future of communities. Census statistics are used to determine...

Spotlight on Commerce: Allison Bourke, Supervisory Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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Guest blog post by Allison Bourke, Supervisory Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office I am a supervisory patent examiner at the Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in electrochemistry technology, specifically solar cells, thermoelectrics, fuel cells, and batteries. I support 15 patent examiners and provide assistance so they can get their patent...

Spotlight on Commerce: Lisa Larsen, Civil Engineer, U.S. Economic Development Administration

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Guest blog post by Lisa Larsen, Civil Engineer, U.S. Economic Development Administration I am a Civil Engineer and work for the Commerce Department's U.S. Economic Development Administration. I oversee and manage a multitude of projects related to the construction of public infrastructure in communities that are economically distressed. The work we do includes upgrading water/sewer lines...

Statement from Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on President Donald J. Trump's Signing of the CARES Act

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Thank you President Trump, Secretary Mnuchin, and our Congressional leaders of both parties for your work to pass today's historic legislation to bring much needed relief to the American people and our businesses. President Trump’s signing of the CARES Act today authorizes the rapid delivery of more than $2 trillion in critical aid for American workers, families, and businesses affected by the...