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U.S. Population Estimated at 332,403,650 on Jan. 1, 2022

The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau As our nation prepares to ring in the new year, the U.S. Census Bureau projects the United States population will be 332,403,650 on Jan. 1, 2022. This represents a 0.21% increase in population or an additional 706,899 people since New Year’s Day 2021. Population increased 0.29% since Census Day, April 1, 2020, adding 954,369 people during...

Five Ways NOAA Helped Make America Climate-Ready in 2021

The following is a cross-post from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Record-setting summer heat baked the typically cooler Pacific Northwest. The third busiest hurricane season on record sent eight storms barreling into the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Devastating, record-setting tornadoes brought hundreds of miles of destruction across eight states in December. Tropical...

Santos Sworn In as New Census Bureau Director

Robert Santos was sworn in today as the U.S. Census Bureau’s 26th director, becoming the first Latino person to serve in the role. This appointment follows the U.S. Senate confirmation Nov. 4, 2021, with Santos’ term set to last for five years. “Mr. Santos is a tremendous leader and I have full confidence that he will lead the Census Bureau with integrity in the years ahead,” said Secretary of...

Commerce Awards $4.2 Million to Expand Broadband for Tribal Communities in Arizona, Colorado, Wisconsin

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that the Department will be awarding $4.2 million to Tribal communities in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, and Wisconsin in order for them to build broadband infrastructure and increase connectivity on Tribal lands. The Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $3.2 million grant to the Ute Mountain...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo Highlights Key 2021 Departmental Accomplishments

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo issued the following statement highlighting key accomplishments at the Department of Commerce since the Biden-Harris administration took office on January 20, 2021. The U.S. Department of Commerce also released a fact sheet highlighting detailed accomplishments from each of the Bureaus. “As Secretary of Commerce, I’ve been honored to help...

CHARIoT Challenge Winners’ Solutions Strike Balance Between Function and Data

Firefighters, police officers, and other public safety workers could use data from multiple internet-connected devices to save lives. However, most off-the-shelf technology doesn’t work for public safety users. Imagine firefighters crawling on their hands and knees through a smoky environment; they can’t tactilely handle — let alone see — a smartphone to access maps or building data or receive...

Readout of Secretary Gina M. Raimondo’s Call with Minister of Trade, Industry, and Energy of the Republic of Korea Moon Sung Wook

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Today, Secretary Gina M. Raimondo held a call with Minister of Trade, Industry, and Energy of the Republic of Korea Moon Sung Wook to discuss the development of President Biden’s Indo-Pacific economic framework as well as U.S.-South Korea commercial engagement on semiconductors and supply chain resilience. During the call, Secretary Raimondo noted that the U.S. shares South Korea’s goal of...

CHARIoT Challenge Combines Augmented Reality and the Internet of Things for First Responders

First responders need to make fast decisions based on the best information they have available. Police, fire, and EMS crews usually rely on radio communication channels along with dispatch and eyewitness reports for that information. But this is the Internet Age. As data from the Internet of Things devices become more prevalent, public safety could use that data to save more lives. The Internet of...